Weekend planner: It's Festival (and a funny) weekend!

So, you wanna play a big ol' poker tournament, but you can't really justify flying all the way to the Philippines? Or maybe you heard about that PokerStars Festival in Bucharest, but flights out of Manila are all booked up. Out of luck? No, sir! No ma'am!

As it happens, we have two major live PokerStars events happening at the very same time. What's more, we have crews in both cities sending you coverage of the biggest stories at each.

Need some stuff to keep your eyes busy for the next couple of days? We've got you covered. Step inside for a little trip around the world.


Jack Stanton and Dan Jones took the hop from England to Romania this week where the Bucharest poker room has been just...well, slammed.

The guarantee for the Main Event fell to pieces midway through Day 1B as a record number of folks showed up for the craziness. Not only that, but there was also a Day 1C flight, a turbo event available only to those people who had gone bust in Day 1A and Day 1B. It was, by Chris Moneymaker's estimation...

You can catch up with all the action right here on our dedicated PokerStars Festival Bucharest coverage page.



Or perhaps you prefer your craziness to come from a different hemisphere. We've got that kind of action, too. Brad Kain made the jaunt from Melbourne to Manila to see how the PokerStars Festival would play in the Philippines.

While PokerStars already has a history in the Philippines, this is the first time a PokerStars Festival schedule has played out there.

Just like in Bucharest, we will have coverage from Manila all weekend. To keep up with that, visit our PokerStars Festival Manila coverage page.


While the Festivals are all great fun, we can't help but get sort of excited about the fact that we are mere weeks away from the next PokerStars Championship. After trips to the Bahamas, Panama, Macau, Monte Carlo, and Sochi, it's time to turn our attention to one of tour players' favorite stops: Barcelona.

A good many of you are probably familiar with Barcelona, but if you've not yet had the pleasure, please allow us the opportunity to enlighten you on a few of the city's highlights.

Yesterday, we published a full guide to Barcelona. Inside it, you will find some of the must-see sights, must-eat restaurants, and must-do activities. You can read that right here:

Barcelona: A guide to one of Europe's hippest and hottest poker destinations

Sagrada Familia-thumb-450x300-321484.jpgThe view from inside Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia

And while that's all exciting enough on its own, we would be remiss if we didn't remind you of this week's biggest Barcelona story.

We learned this week that the PokerStars Championship Barcelona party is going to be one for the history books. Why? Well, the headline performer that night will be none other than Grammy-winning superstar DJ Zedd.


In addition to playing the party, Zedd is also scheduled to play some poker while he is there.

To read all about it, check this out:

PokerStars Championship Barcelona: Seat open for Zedd!


Last night, we had a crew at the launch of Kevin Hart's new venture, led by none other than Mr. Daniel Negreanu.

Laugh Out Loud is a new streaming service for new and upcoming comics. Hart might know a thing or two about that kind of thing.

We also embedded one of our own in the crowd, and while he's yet to come up for air this morning, we're expecting some good stories from our own Alex Villegas, who, from what we understand, had to wear a suit to go to this thing last night. We'll assume he slept in it.

Speaking of Kevin Hart, we have been keeping ourselves entertained for a couple of days by seeking out funny poker scenes in popular culture. They are everywhere. We highlighted a few of them (one not at all safe for your work) here.

The Funniest Poker Scenes in TV & Film

Until we find our man Villegas, that's all we have for now.

Have a good weekend, and if you see Alex, have him call home!

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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Weekend review: MicroMillions set to crown a champion

We told you it was going to be a big weekend on PokerStars, and it was. For starters, just check out these final table finishes from more than 50 of the top tournaments on PokerStars this weekend.

July 29-30, 2017 PokerStars weekend majors results

And that was before we even started thinking about the fact that Zedd, one of the world's most popular DJs, is going to be playing and performing at the PokerStars Championship Barcelona.

Chief among all the big results from the weekend? Well, we are just about to learn just who will win this summer's MicroMillions Main Event.


More than 69,000 people entered the $22 MicroMillions Main Event on Sunday. More than 16,000 people re-entered after going bust. By the time registration closed, the prize pool was worth a ridiculous $1.7 million.

Now fewer than 800 players remain. They are all in the money, and each one of them is eying a first prize worth nearly $150,000.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard looks as Day 2 gets ready to begin.


Play restarts at 2pm ET and will continue until there is a winner tonight.

We'll have a full wrap-up of the Main Event once we know our winner.



While the MicroMillions stormed to its thrilling finale on Sunday, the world's biggest weekly poker tournamnt continued its dominance on the weekly schedule. This week's Sunday Million drew 6,252 entries and featured a story which once again proved timing is everything.

Jason Kirk has the full story of this weekend's Million right here: Sunday Million: Late surge earns dlanger610 $165K.

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Here's how the entire final table fared at the end of the night.

7/30/17 Sunday Million ($215 NL Hold'em) results
Entrants: 6,262 (5,086 entries, 1,176 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $1,252,400
Places paid: 1,007

1. dlanger610 (Canada) $165,343.65*
2. marcelo v121 (Brazil) $117,044.35*
3. Pavlov101 (Bulgaria) $125,042.17*
4. Lorenzo "Charlie580" Bazei (Brazil) $62,207.70
5. j3h3k3 (Netherlands) $43,052.75
6. elcoysa (Argentina) $29,795.97
7. King_geoden (Greece) $20,621.26
8. nana9192 (Vietnam) $14,271.47
9. Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (Canada) $9,877.05
* - denotes results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 for the winner


Meanwhile, we're looking ahead to more fun in the coming days. We'll have teams at the PokerStars Festivals in both Bucharest and Manila.

Coverage from both events will begin this Wednesday. Stay tuned for coverage at both.

Good luck to all in the coming week.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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Weekend planner: Mmmmmmm…MicroMillions, Manila, and More

We always forget this business is a marathon, and the weekends make us want to sprint. Or maybe it's our ongoing relationship with Usain Bolt. In any case, we've been going at full speed for a bit.

After last weekend's WSOP, Usain Bolt, and Korea adventures, we're not entirely sure we're going to be able to keep up the pace with the weekend fun.

But, hey, let's try anyway!

MicroMillions Main Event

Your best opportunity to come out of the weekend a a big winner is the biggest little tournament in the world. I mean, where else are you going to put up $22 and get a $1 million guarantee? Where else are you going to buy in for $22 and have a shot at a $100,000+ first prize?

MicroMillions is coming to the end of its 129 events, and it's going big on its final day.

Sunday at 14:00 ET, you can get into the $1 million guaranteed final for $22. Or, if you prefer you can play satellite for as little as $1.10 or 35 StarsCoin.

For full information, visit the MicroMillions web page.


PokerStars Festival Manila

We're headed back Manila. Beginning today, The City of Dreams casino will host the first ever PokerStars Festival in that city.

At one point a favorite stop on the APPT, PokerStars Festival Manila is now the center spotlight for poker.

The 11-day festival will run 56 tournaments and satellites. It begins with the ₱16,500 PokerStars Open and a ₱4 million guarantee. It will wrap up with the ₱55,000 Main Event beginning Thursday, August 3 at 2 p.m. local time. The City of Dreams has a seriously nice ballroom for the tournament area and a poker room for live cash games with stakes starting at ₱25/50 all the way up to ₱200/400.

The PokerStars Blog will have coverage of the Main Event. Stick with us for more.


And much, much more

If you need some other stuff to keep your attention in the right place, can we suggest any of the following stories?

New 'Time to Act' settings to be trialled

Super Tuesday: Comeback bags Cashcid Linc $59K, third title (7-25-17)

2017 ACOP: Official schedule unveiled

Boltmania in Monaco: Usain Bolt talks final races, poker heights, and being stalked by Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart ups the #GameOn ante by following Usain Bolt to Monaco

That should keep you running through the weekend.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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WSOP 2017: ElkY runner-up to Polk in High Roller for One Drop

It's almost become required of us to forget the player who finishes second. A cliché even. As Stu Ungar famously said, "show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser". But then, undoubted heroics aside, I always wondered if Mr Ungar might not have been the most empathetic opponent.

But in the World Series of Poker, where it's all about the bracelet, it's easy to discount the heroics of those who fall one step short. And regardless of whether we're contractually obliged on the Blog, one of those performances stood out overnight, alerting the editorial team to an all-nighter, and a performance we didn't want to miss.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier led the final table of the $111,111 buy in High Roller for One Drop when play began yesterday, and almost took that lead on a wire to wire trip to a title. But for an outstanding performance by Doug Polk, ElkY might now have been clutching that second gold bracelet. Instead he took second, a disappointment to any player, obviously, but one ElkY accepted with humility and class.

We wrote last weekend of the "Ghost of ElkY's past". The Frenchman, who on appearances, with peroxide hair, gaming background and almost innate sparkle, would be better described as a citizen of the Galaxy, has been away from the business end of tournaments for a while. His last major win was back in 2012, an EPT Berlin High Roller. A year before that he won a Stud bracelet. Since then, little of the form (at the poker table at least) that typically turned heads.

But the signs of this renaissance had been there if you looked- the deep run in Macau, then in Monaco, and then another in Sochi only last week. And now runner up spot in one of the biggest events on this year's World Series of Poker schedule.

Now might be the time to look forward to a big summer from the Team Pro, tentatively at least. If we're right it will come with an additional bonus - his welcome return to centre stage for those of us who like to stay up all night watching him play.

Doug Polk Wins One Drop_2017 WSOP_EV06_Day 4_Amato_DA67977.jpgElkY shakes hands with Doug Polk

Just like the old days, which Stu Ungar used to know a thing or two about. And maybe he was right. Perhaps we shouldn't remember the runner up, instead ensuring the winner - in this case the supremely talented Doug Polk - rightfully gets the credit and the attention. But in this case we're prepared to make an exception.

Congratulations to Doug Polk on a well-deserved win, and to our man ElkY, for what was a close run thing.

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Weekend planner: Team Pros vie for WSOP gold

Daniel Negreanu_2017 World Series of Poker_EV02_Day 1_Furman_FUR7735.jpgDaniel Negreanu

The week may be done, but that doesn't mean the action is going to ease off. After a long week in Sochi and crowning the first PokerStars Championship winner there, we're turning our attention to the American desert and the gold mining that began this week.

Here's what to look for this weekend.


Daniel Negreanu has shaved his beard again. There is some cognitive discomfort associated with this that we'll never quite get over after seeing it for the first time of the year. Regardless, the baby-faced Kid Poker visage signals the beginning of the WSOP.

Eric Wasserson, Daniel Negreanu_2017 World Series of Poker_EV04_Day01_Abrego__AA08745.jpgWho is that slick-faced boy?

There is a reason for this. First off, he's copying what Jason Mercier did last year. Second...well, he's planning to not shave this summer until he wins a WSOP bracelet. He describes it below in his daily vlog.

Here's what's interesting...Negreanu may be shaving again very soon. Kid Poker put together a team of four for the $10,000 tag team event (knowing full well he intended to play most of the event himself, he stacked his team with people he drafted in the $25,000 Fantasy Draft).

And with six teams remaining in the event, Negreanu's team has a really good lead going into the final day. That is to say, Negreanu could have another gold bracelet before you wake up on Saturday. His team (including Eric Wasserson, Mark Gregorich, and David Benyamine) have nearly 1.5 million in chips...which is all well and good until you realize the competition is going to be ridiculously tough. That, is, you might notice that the attached-at-the-hip Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov have also fielded a team and are sitting in third place.

Here's how they stand going into the final today.

Daniel Negreanu - Eric Wasserson - David Benyamine - Mark Gregorich -- 1,498,000
Anthony Ajlouny - David Fong - Mike McClain -- 932,000
Liv Boeree - Igor Kurganov -- 929,000
Ankush Mandavia - Joe Kuether -- 800,000
Martin Jacobson - Mark Radoja -- 632,000
Javier Gomez - Lander Lijo -- 287,000

Igor Kurganov_2017 World Series of Poker_EV04_Day01_Abrego__AA08659.jpgIgor Kurganov

Liv Boeree_2017 World Series Of Poker_EV02_Day2_Thomson_T1_2046.JPGLiv Boeree


While Babyface Negreanu and company will be the biggest news happening today in Las Vegas, there are still others to watch. A few Team PokerStars Pros are looking to add to their gold bracelet numbers. Barry Greenstein, Andre Akkari, and Aditya Agarwal all made it through their first table in the $3,000 Shootout event that started on Thursday. They'll pick back up today among the final fifty players left in contention.

Andre Akkari_2017 World Series of Poker_EV03_Day 1_Haereiti__H528580.jpgAndre Akkari

Barry Greenstein_2017 World Series of Poker_EV03_Day 1_Furman_8FU3386.jpgBarry Greenstein


Our team in Sochi has pulled up stakes, but they left behind a good bit of reading material to keep you busy until the WSOP starts commanding your full attention.

Catch up with all the Russian news in our PokerStars Championship Sochi section, and read about Pavel Shirshikov's victory in the Main Event.

pavel_shirshikov_fist_clench.jpgPavel Shirshikov


(Full disclosure: There are still no barnacles.)

All of the above should be enough to keep you busy for a couple of days, but if not, we still have more.

The Manila Megastack is kicking off right now, and we'll have full coverage of it right here.

Poker In the Ears picks up with Chris Moneymaker after his 15th place finish in the PSC Sochi Main Event. Beyond that, Joe Stapleton reveals the result of his #SCOOP2017 competition, Matt Broughton tries, and fails to recount a hand from a recent charity tournament, and James Hartigans appeals for a listener to take part in next week's podcast when the boys will be discussing the classic Paul Newman-Robert Redford movie 'The Sting'. There's a €109 #PSCBarcelona satellite ticket up for grabs, so why not apply to be the "Sting Superfan" on Episode 90? (Tag your tweets #PokerInTheEars) And, talking of Superfans, Joao Matteus from Brazil turns the clock back to 2015, and answers questions about a "classic" episode of the podcast in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. You can listen to the podcast here.

Want more? Keep an eye on our Twitter account (@PokerStarsBlog) for any breaking bracelet news over the weekend.

Until then, keep your razors sharp and your aftershave at the ready.

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos courtesy

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