PokerStars plans to step up against several third-party softwares

PokerStars has recently announced that they are planning to change their rules regarding several third-party softwares that are currently allowed on the site. According to a post on the 2+2 forums, PokerStars plans to ban the use of SessionLord's Preflop Chart, Holy Grailf of Poker, Poker Academy, HEM2's Leakbuster, FlopZilla, Odds Oracle, PokerStove, NoteCaddy, PT4's Leak Tracker and the program that essentially caused the rule changes, skier_5's Heads-up SNG software.

Draft schedule for WCOOP 2015 now available!

The PokerStars blog has recently posted a draft schedule for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The schedule looks great and the WCOOP Main Event will run with a $10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool! Check out the draft schedule below.

Phil Galfond wins his second WSOP bracelet in $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $224,383

Phil Galfond defeated an extremely tough final table on his way to winning the second bracelet of his career in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. He defeated Nick Schulman (who already has two 2-7 Championship titles) in heads-up and earned $224,383 for his efforts.

Brian Hastings wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,000, wins more than double in bracelets side bets

Brian "Stinger88" Hastings has won the second WSOP bracelet of his career, defeating a tough final table that included Scott Clements, Max Pescatori and Dan Kelly on his way to winning $239,518. However, Hastings confirmed that he won more than twice the amount of his first place prize in the WSOP bracelet side bets that he made this summer.

Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood wins first bracelet of his career

Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood is an online MTT beast with over $3.5 million in cashes including seven $100,000+ scores. Greenwood is a coach at the training site RunItOnce and managed to transfer his online success over to the live arena, winning Event #22 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em for $318,977.

Microgaming Poker Network players can change nicknames every 30 days/1,000 real money hands from July

The Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) announced that players will be permitted to change their nicknames every 30 days or after 1,000 real money hands, whichever comes sooner. The room aims to defend recreational players from seating scripts with the move and the update will go live with the July software update.

Daniel Alaei wins bracelet #5 in $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

At this year's WSOP we have seen plenty of final tables where most of the seats were filled with big name regulars, even in huge field events such as the Millionaire Maker, there were four WSOP bracelet winners at the final table. The $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship finale was no different, with Daniel Alaei, Scott Clements, 2012 November Niner Jeremy Ausmus, WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno and Doc ''The Prince of Docness'' Kegal battling it out for the $391.097 first place prize.

Nanonoko and LuckyChewy play poker with The Mountain from Game of Thrones

Randy ''nanonoko'' Lew and Andrew ''LuckyChewy'' Lichtenberger traveled to Iceland to shoot a promotional video with one of the strongest men in the world, Hafthor Bjornsson, who plays Gregor ''The Mountain'' Clegane on the hit TV show Game of Thrones.

Phil Ivey and Tom "durrrr" Dwan promote new poker variant in Macau

10-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey and Tom "durrrr" Dwan are the stars of a new video, which promotes a poker variant called 6+ Hold'em in Asia.

Adrian Buckley defeats four WSOP champions to win the Millionaire Maker for $1.2 million

Adrian Buckely defeated a tough final table that included Erick Lindgren, Olivier Busquet and World Poker Tour's Mike Sexton on his way to winning the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker for $1.277.193. Buckley is a recreational player whose previous biggest score was just $2.246 and according to him, he was on the hotrun of the century.

Win a trip to Barcelone to meet Neymar Jr. with PokerStars

PokerStars has launched a promotion in which players can win a Neymar Jr Barcelona Package that includes two tickets to a football match in Barcelona, entry into a €2150 EPT Barcelona side event, a chance to meet Neymar Jr at the shoot of an upcoming PokerStars TV show and much more.

Phil Hellmuth wins 14th WSOP bracelet in $10,000 Razz Championship

Last year Phil Hellmuth was close to capturing bracelet #14, he started the heads-up in the $1,500 Razz event against Ted Forrest with a 4:1 chip lead. In the end, Forrest managed to turn it around and the Poker Brat was left without a bracelet. This year he returned to the WSOP hungry as ever and defeated Mike Gorodinsky in the heads-up of the $10,000 Razz Championship to win $271,105 and his record 14th bracelet.

Phil Hellmuth aims for bracelet #14 in $10,000 Razz Championship

Phil Hellmuth is in a great spot to win bracelet #14 and extend his lead on the WSOP all-time bracelet list over Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey, who each have 10 bracelets. He is amongst the final 12 remaining in the $10,000 Razz Championship and third in chips, but has to face tough competition, as Erik Seidel, Mike ''goleafsgoeh'' Leah, Stephen ''stevie444'' Chidwick, Shaun Deeb and last year's WSOP Player of the Year runner-up Brandon Shack Harris are still in, battling for the $271,105 first place prize.

Shaun Deeb wins his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship

The final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship was one of the most stacked finales in the history of the World Series of Poker, every single player at the final table was an accomplished professional. The last man standing was Shaun Deeb, who won his first bracelet and $318,857 after defeating Paul ''paulgees81'' Volpe in heads-up.

All charges against Paul Phua dropped

U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon has barred the use of evidence that FBI agents have gathered during an illegal raid on the hotel suites where Paul "MalACEsia" Phua and several other businessmen were staying last summer. Since the FBI's case was mostly based on this evidence, all charges against Phua have been dropped.

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