ON THE BUTTON: Rafael Moraes Talks Brazilian Poker, His Father’s Approval, Twitch, & More

PokerStars ambassador Rafael Moraes spoke about his poker life, winning his father's approval to play full time, Twitch, and more.

Brazil has become a booming market for online poker and the game in general over the last few years. That ranges from seeing major tournament winners to the rapid growth of the online game in the country.

Companies such as PokerStars are investing heavily in the market with events like the Brazilian Series of Poker and other events. Stars ambassador Rafael Moraes has seen that growth in the land of samba and sun first hand. He believes Brazil’s passion for sports and a deep sense of community go hand in hand with poker’s surge in popularity.

“It’s crazy,” he told PokerScout recently while playing in the PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Players Championship. “I think the Brazilian community is so strong. We have a culture for football (soccer) and we love competition. We all love to be together, we love to root for friends.”

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And while many in the country may not have the funds to play at higher levels, seeing countrymen do well is a major part of players’ interest in the game.

“We are a country with a lot of difficulty, a country without so much money for basic things,” Moraes says. “And when we see some Brazilians doing nice things in the world, it’s amazing. They are representing us, so I think in the last five years that has come to poker. That kind of social game and competition does really well in Brazil.”

Moraes has his own Brazilian poker success story to add to that dynamic.

Father gives poker life the thumbs up

Like some other poker pros, Maroes gravitated to poker from another game – chess. But as a teenager, he realized some of those same skills could apply to a game that offered a better chance at a payday.

“I was an amateur chess player,” he says. “A lot of chess players in Brazil started to migrate to playing poker because there are better odds to make money. Poker is a mind game like chess. So I started playing at PokerStars when I was 18, and started to make some money playing tournaments while in university at that time.”

Those winnings continued to grow and Moraes soon faced a crossroads – whether to launch into poker full time or not. Making that jump isn’t always a popular choice among players’ family members, at least initially. However, Moraes experienced quite the opposite when he decided to see where the game could take him.

“I asked my father if I could try to play poker for a living,” he says. “And my father said, ‘but son, what’s poker?’”

Poker is more of a family game in Brazil, Moraes says. Many don’t realize there is serious money to be made for skilled players.  He asked his father to read a book on poker, which he did in one day. After understanding how the game works, Moraes’s father gave his blessing.

“He’s an engineer, so he knows a lot about mathematics and odds,” Moraes says. “It’s amazing how he understood that game. He said it was good that I was making money.”

Moraes’s father said his son was still young and could see how things went. If the poker career didn’t pan out, he could return to his university studies.

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Streaming, playing, and finding poker success

Now age 30, that choice has worked out well. He now has more than $1.9 million in live tournament winnings. The biggest of that came in 2016 when the player originally from Sao Paulo scored third in the €25,750 High Roller at the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo. That brought a payday of $655,779.

In 2022, Moraes won a Brazilian Series of Poker event for $60,762. When not playing live, he can also be found streaming on Twitch. He loves that aspect of his poker life because Maroes sees Twitch as a way to spread his love of the game in Brazil.


“The people in Brazil can see me playing, teaching, making final tables, and running deep,” he says. “Every week I run a freeroll on my home game on PokerStars. They can start to play without a bankroll. Because in Brazil a $10 buy-in is too much for a lot of people. With my freerolls, community, and teaching classes, people can start playing without putting up much money.”

Looking back, Moraes knows his father’s blessing helped launch him to success on the felt. He’s happy to be living his dream.

“Now I’m a high stakes poker player,” he says. “And I’m traveling abroad, playing the biggest PokerStars events on the road, and I live stream my play on Twitch.”

For Moraes, that’s the perfect poker life.

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New PokerStars Live Events Announced; Company Revives Latin American Poker Tour

PokerStars is once again adding to the company’s live tournament schedule and announced two new series coming to the Czech Republic and Latin America on Tuesday.

The news comes as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure also gets underway in the Bahamas. PokerStars Live continues to ramp up the action for players around the world.

The additions include the relaunch of the Latin America Poker Tour. As with most PokerStars Live events, players also have an opportunity to qualify online for the upcoming series.

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PokerStars heading to Czech Republic

King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, hosts the PokerStars Eureka 2023 series from March 13-20. The property is located on the border with Germany and also hosted the series last year.

The action is highlighted by the €1,100 Main Event running March 16-20 with a €1 million guarantee.

Online satellites for the event kick off Jan. 19 for players on the international platform as well as those in France, Spain, and Italy. Satellites run every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday in the lead up to the main event. Here’s a look at some other key events in the series:

  • €330 Eureka Rozvadov Cup – March 13-17
  • €1,100 Main Event – March 16-20
  • €440 Pot Limit Omaha Championship – March 17-18
  • €2,200 High Roller – March 19-20

PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour returns with Rio de Janeiro as first stop

Along with live action heading to the Czech Republic, PokerStars also announced the return of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). The opening event is planned for March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city where the tour began in 2008.

The action then heads to Montevideo, Uruguay, in April. That’s followed by another Brazilian stop, this time in São Paulo for the Brazilian Series of Poker Winter Millions in July. The LAPT then returns to the city in November for the BSOP Millions. Stars officials will announce another stop soon.

“We are delighted to announce the return of this iconic series and once again hold the LAPT for poker players in Latin America,” Stars head of global live event operations Cedric Billot said in a news release. “We’re working hard to ensure that this is a spectacular series and can’t wait to head to Rio to get the show on the road.”

In the LAPT’s previous nine seasons, the tour traveled to 10 different countries. The series launched the careers of many great Latin-American players with their first major wins.

“The LAPT has a special place in the hearts of Latin American poker players and poker enthusiasts, so we’re absolutely thrilled that the tour is back,” LAPT executive director Devanir Campos said. “The tour will enable us to bring together former LAPT champions and a new generation of poker players that never got to experience this amazing event.”

What to expect from LAPT Rio de Janeiro

LAPT Rio de Janeiro takes place at the beachfront Windsor Marapendi Hotel from March 2-6. Online poker players can compete at PokerStars for a chance to win a complete tournament package. Those qualifiers as well as seat-only satellites begin on Jan. 22.

“We’ve decided to bring LAPT back to its roots,” Campos said. “The very first LAPT was held in Rio de Janeiro back in 2008, it is emblematic to have the tour’s return in the city where it all began.

“We plan to bring many familiar locations back to the calendar. LAPT was never just about playing poker, but also traveling, getting to see and experience different countries and cultures, meeting friends and, ultimately, having a lot of fun.” 

Here’s a look at several key events for LAPT Rio de Janeiro (figures in US dollars):

  • $1,500 Main Event – March 2-6
  • $3,000 Single Day 3K – March 2
  • $4,000 Single Day 4K – March 4
  • $5,000 High Roller – March 5-6
  • $800 Six-Handed Mystery KO – March 5-6
  • $3,000 High Roller PKO – March 6

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888poker Signs Brazilian YouTube Star; Martin Jacobson Scores Nice Runner-up in Sunday Action

Influencer and YouTuber Cauê Moura is 888poker's latest cultural ambassador and will represent the company in online and live events.

Brazil remains a growing market for online poker and 888poker is the latest to reach out to players in the country. The company announced the signing of a new Brazilian ambassador on Tuesday.

Influencer and YouTuber Cauê Moura is the site’s latest cultural ambassador and will represent 888 in both online and live events.

Moura (pictured in lead image) is a well-known vlogger in Brazil with millions of followers on his social media channels. Poker has become more of a focus of his efforts in recent years. The 888 deal promises even more content geared toward poker players.

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“I’ve been doing videos about this wonderful game for more than 10 years,” he said in a news release. “Now my dedication has been rewarded.

“I’m thrilled to be the new 888poker cultural ambassador. And, from now on, you guys will see me playing with their patch.”

In other 888 news, a World Series of Poker Main Event champion made a nice tournament score on Sunday.

888poker’s new social media star

Born in São Paulo, Moura moved to the city of Fortaleza with his family at age 13. As a child, he was very creative and loved drawing. The youngster dreamed of being a filmmaker. Those qualities seem to have served him well as a social media content producer.

One of his first media jobs was as a cameraman for a parkour channel, even taking part in the sport until injuries cut that short. Moura began his YouTube vlog in 2010 and was one of the earliest Brazilians on the site. He credits early experience as a cameraman with helping begin his YouTube channel.

After his long online presence, Moura now zeroes in on poker. He plans to immerse himself even more in the game as an 888 cultural ambassador.

On YouTube, Moura has 5.2 million subscribers and  2.7 million ​​on Twitter. He also has almost 1 million on Instagram. 888poker officials say followers can expect plenty of poker content in the coming weeks and exclusive offers. He kicked off his time with 888 on Tuesday by hosting a freeroll.

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WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson comes close to an 888 title

2014 WSOP Main Event Winner Martin Jacobson

Sunday’s action at 888poker included a major name coming up just short of a $109 Big Shot title. The tournament features a $100,000 guarantee and attracted 724 players with 185 rebuys for a total of 909 entries.

Sweden’s Martin “MJacobson888” Jacobson, winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, came in as final table chip leader. He held 5.1 million followed by the United Kingdom’s “Patsharpe” with 2.2 million.

Those two big stacks ended up heads up for the title, but it was “Patsharpe” coming out on top for $15,480. Jacobson had to settle for second place and $11,290.

That wasn’t the only recent deep run for Jacobson. He also played the $525 Big Shot on Sunday and found a seventh-place finish. He grabbed another $1,700 for that final table appearance as well.

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Battle of Malta qualifiers continueThe Battle of Malta is on the horizon at the Intercontinental Hotel and 888poker is offering players a chance to get in the action.

In other news, 888poker is sponsoring this year’s Battle of Malta series. The festival runs Oct. 5-12 and the $525 Main Event features a $1 million guarantee.

888 is hosting satellites for the series with qualifiers starting at just one cent. Players can also buy in directly to qualifiers for $55 and $109. Those who play their cards right can score a $1,700 tournament and travel package.

The poker site is also hosting a special side tournament in Malta on Oct. 9, the €200 888 Made To Play event. For a complete preview of the series and all qualifying information, click here.

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PokerStars Announces Return of Brazilian Series of Poker Millions 

PokerStars announced Friday that the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Millions will return this year, running Nov. 24 to Dec. 5.

Live poker is back in Brazil. PokerStars announced Friday that the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Millions will return this year, running Nov. 24 to Dec. 5.

The festival becomes the first BSOP Millions since 2019. The series has been held online during the pandemic, but now heads back to the live tables at the WTC Sheraton Golden Hall in São Paulo.

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What to expect from PokerStars BSOP

Players will find a packed schedule when the action gets going in November. PokerStars Live plans 50 tournaments across 12 days with R$15 million ($2.8 million) guaranteed.

The R$3,500 ($655) No Limit Hold’em Main Event highlights the series with a R$7 million ($1.3 million). Players can already begin qualifying for the event online. BSOP Millions satellites begin on Sept. 26 with sub satellites starting on Sept. 24.

The site is also promising daily freerolls for a Main Event Mega Satellite, which runs on Nov. 2. The mega will award 15 complete tournament packages.

COVID requirements

With the return of  live poker, the series features several measures to ensure player safety.

“The health and safety of staff and players is the number one priority for PokerStars.net and the BSOP,” the company noted in a news release, “and strict guidelines have been put in place which adhere to local regulations and guidance.”

Some of these requirements for players and staff include:

  • mandatory mask usage
  • holding a vaccination passport
  • keep a meter distance throughout the venue between players and staff

BSOP returns as Brazilians score big

The BSOP is now in its 12th season and more dates may be announced soon as well. The series played out events the last two years online at PokerStars.

In 2020, Canada’s Stevan “random_chu” Chew took down the Main Event for $91,890. Russia’sAlister07” then won the championship this year for $77,556.

It’s been a nice few months for Brazilian players. Some of the country’s players have really fared well over the last few months.

In the recent PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), Brazilians won 57 events. That was the most by any country. 

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Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski also remains the top-ranked online player in the world. He’s one of the most successful poker players in Latin America with online winnings totaling $14 million. Dzivielevski recently spoke with PokerScout about his success.

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Brazil’s Best: World’s Top Online Player Yuri Dzivielevski Discusses Success, New Role With Partypoker

Brazil's Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski recently spoke with PokerScout about signing with partypoker and his success on the felt.

It’s been a banner few months for Brazilian online poker players. Rounders from the land of samba and sun have scored massive tournament wins on some of the game’s biggest stages.

As the sixth most-populous country, Brazil represents a growing market apparently with plenty of talent. Partypoker recognizes that and recently announced the signing of Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski as a site ambassador.

The company didn’t just sign any Brazilian player, Dzivielevski is currently the top-ranked online tournament player in the world. The Brazilian star spoke with PokerScout this week about his poker life and new deal with partypoker.

“It’s a very special moment in my career,” he says. “It will be an honor for me to represent a brand I admire. I am very happy.”

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Climbing the poker rankings

Dzivielevski began playing poker after his brother first introduced him to the game. Playing home games with friends became part of his normal routine and he had a knack for the game. His poker skills eventually helped his family out.

After leaving high school, he began making a living from poker to help his parents out. Those early days grinding it out online proved to be some great learning opportunities and his career soon skyrocketed.

He’s one of the most successful poker players in Latin America with online winnings totaling $14 million. That’s a record for any player based in Latin America.

Beyond the virtual felt, the 29-year-old has $1.2 million in live tournament winnings. In 2019 he even added a World Series of Poker bracelet to his trophy case. He took down a $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event for $213,750.

A year later, the WSOP Online produced another bracelet after Dzivielevski won the $400 PLOSSUS for $221,557. The partypoker signing now becomes another nice bullet point in his career.

“This is a dream come true,” he says. “Joining partypoker is one of the most important achievements in my career and I am very excited to work with them.”

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Joining the partypoker crew

Dzivielevski’s Team partypoker signing comes just as WPT World Online Championships are playing out at the site. Along with representing the brand,  he’ll be a regular face on partypoker’s Twitch channel, partypokerTV.

That work includes contributing to daily shows as well as streaming some new content of his own. Additionally, the Brazilian pro will run exclusive streamed tournaments.

In an age when so many online players stream their action, playing on Twitch will be a new experience.

“I actually don’t have a streaming channel, but I’ll be streaming weekly on partypoker Brazil,” he says. “My team and I will work together to give viewers the best possible content and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Sharpening his skills

Maintaining a ranking atop the entire world’s pool of online poker talent certainly isn’t easy. How does “theNERDguy” work on his game? It involves less actual play at the tables than one might imagine, but there’s plenty of hitting the books.

“I make sure I have some kind of interaction with poker every day, whether playing or studying,” he says. ”I try to play two to three times a week and study on the other days. I don’t have an exact number of hours that I devote to studying, but I study on demand.”

Working with other poker-playing friends is also a major part of his preparation. He set up a study group with some friends in Brazil. The team splits the work and manages to cover most areas of the game, he says.

When not at the tables, Dzivielevski enjoys spending time with family, studying the Bible, surfing, and going to the gym. Drinking wine and eating some nice meals are also regularly on the menu.

Already with two WSOP bracelets, the WPT World Online Championships now offer another opportunity. He remains confident in his chances during the series, with good reason based on results.

“Winning a WPT title would be amazing,” he says. “In fact, it will be amazing! WPT series are such an important part of poker and I love to watch WPT events on TV, so this would be particularly special for me.

“A lot of good things will come from this partnership with partypoker and I’m sure we will create amazing things together.”

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WSOP Weekly: Another Brazilian Scores Gold Bracelet; Overall Numbers Staying Strong

Two weeks are in the books in the WSOP Online at GGPoker and the international bracelet events continue to be dominated by Brazilian players.

Two weeks are in the books in the World Series of Poker Online at GGPoker. The international multi-day bracelet events continue to be dominated by Brazilian players.

This past week included turbo events, big-buy in tournaments and Pot Limit Omaha poker. In lieu of the annual WSOP in Las Vegas each summer, the online site is hosting 33 bracelet events through Sept. 12.

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1$50 The Return30,810Bartlomiej "chester20o" Swieboda$161,111$1,417,260
2$1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event1,584Joao Simao$206,075$1,759,824
3$2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship180Nicolo Molinelli$88,461$427,500
4$800 DOUBLE CHANCE NLHE1,643Thiago "IneedWasabi" Crema de Macedo$161,637$1,248,680
5$315 Bounty NLHE Deepstack2,989Kacper Pyzara$79,789$896,700
6$200 FLIP & GO6,368Georgios Sotiropoulos$117,022$1,209,920
7$1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER5,437Eduardo Pires$1,384,013$7,747,725
8$5,000 6-Handed NLHE Championship479Daniel Smiljkovic$423,426$2,275,250
9$525 Superstack Turbo Bounty2,229Lucio "WizardOfAz" Lima$95,205$1,114,500
 

Event 8: $5,000 Six-Max Championship (Aug. 10)

German poker pro Daniel Smiljkovic won this event last Tuesday. Smiljkovic won $423,426 for first place and his first gold bracelet. The event drew 479 entries and a prize pool of over $2.2 million. 

Chinese high roller Xuming “Scplayer” Qi finished in second place for $306,145. The final table included some elite talent and included George Wolff, Marius Gierse, and Aki “Seabossss” Virtanen.

Event 9: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty (Aug. 12)

In one of the shortest GGPoker bracelet events to date, Brazilian player Lucio “”WizardofAz” Lima took down his first gold bracelet in nine hours.

Lima certainly used some wizardry to overcome a final table that included former bracelet winner Anson TsangFirst place paid $95,205 for the victory.

Lima overcame a field of 2,229 entries, which built a prize pool of $1.1 million including bounties.

Event 10: $400 Double Chance PLO (Aug. 14)

After two days of play, Hungary’s Roland “Quina Quen” Czika took down his first gold bracelet and $55,369. The Pot Limit Omaha tournament started on Saturday night and played Day 2 on Sunday night. The prize pool reached $366,600 with 975 entries. 

Players such as Daniel Negreanu continue to live stream a lot of their action nightly. Fans can observe the game and interact with the feed through chat. 

 

Upcoming GGPoker WSOP bracelet events

GGPoker will offer multiple tournament and game types over the next few days. That includes PLO, a heads-up event, and a high roller

The major guarantees also continue in the coming week. Here’s a look at what to watch for:

  • $10,000 SuperMillions High Roller (Event 11, Aug. 15) – $5 million guaranteed
  • $1,000 Double Stack (Event 12, Aug 15) – $4 million guaranteed
  • $5,000 PLO Championship (Event 13, Aug 17) 
  • $500 NLHE BIG 500 (Event 14, Aug 19)
  • $10,000 NLHE Heads-up Championship (Event 15, Aug 20)

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Update on PokerScout team selections

The poker team at PokerScout recently made picks of players to watch this summer at GGPoker.  Content manager Valerie Cross has taken an early lead thanks to some nice scores from Ajay Charba.

Contributing writer Anthony Cicali and site runner/editor Sean Chaffin sit about $30,000 behind. Here’s a look at the standings after two weeks.

  1. Valerie Cross – $45,120
  2. Anthony Cicali – $16,224
  3. Sean Chaffin – $16,031

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PokerStars Roundup: Wheeling Into Formula 1, WCOOP Dates Announced, BSOP Sets Records

PokerStars recently announced a new Formula 1 racing partnership as well as the dates and guarantee for the upcoming WCOOP series.

While it may be synonymous with poker, PokerStars will now become a regular part of Formula 1 racing. The company recently announced a deal that will see the brand highlighted on European broadcasts of the open-wheel racing circuit.

Beyond that deal, Stars also announced the official dates for the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The news comes after the series recently announced the MicroMillions series in several markets.

The Brazilian Series of Poker also recently wrapped up and scored a record turnout. Here’s a look at some of the items making news at PokerStars.

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PokerStars gets the green flag in F1 deal

Flutter International, the owner of PokerStars, announced a new deal this week with Interregional Sports Group (ISG) and Formula 1. The partnership will see the PokerStars brand featured exclusively throughout the European broadcast market for each season through 2023

ISG is a global leader in using virtual advertising technologies to help brands target specific regional sports fans.

Company officials believe combining Stars’ worldwide appeal and this targeted approach make this an exciting partnership for both brands. That could lead to further innovation in the future.

“Working with Formula 1 provides us with the opportunity to reach a fan base whose passion for sport goes way beyond motorsport,” PokerStars group marketing director Tom Warren said in a news release. “To be able to engage an audience of this size and yet focus just on the regions that are key to us makes this a very exciting proposition.”

Company officials note that PokerStars Sports customers are actively engaged in Formula 1 and this season is no different. Visibility among F1 fans offers the operator a chance at reaching new and existing customers. 

“We’re delighted to have reached this agreement with Flutter Group,” ISG CEO Tony Ragan said. “Combining the worldwide appeal of PokerStars and this targeted approach in engaging fans with many similar traits as the PokerStars’ community is an incredible opportunity for innovation and further engagement between the two popular brands.”

 WCOOP coming soon

On Wednesday, PokerStars also confirmed the dates for the upcoming World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The series has become one of the most prestigious series in online poker and is set for Aug. 22 to Sept. 15.

Players can expect an overall guarantee of $100 million – the series’ biggest guarantee ever. Last year’s series awarded $99.9 million, exceeding the original $80 million guarantee.

The series also attracted more than 1.1 million entries across the 75-event schedule. The new schedule isn’t out yet, but is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Brazilian Series breaks record online

For the last two years, the Brazilian Series of Online Poker (BSOP) has moved online to PokerStars. This year’s series featured 25 tournaments with $1.6 million guaranteed.

The results easily topped that total however, paying out more than $1.9 million and producing 48,772 total entries.

The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) continues online at PokerStars from March 24-29 with 24 tournaments and a $1.5 million guarantee.

The $215 two-day Main Event guaranteed $450,000 and ultimately produced a $529,600 prize pool. Russia’s “Alister07”came out on top for $77,556.

In the $530 High Roller, Uruguay’s “kofi89” scored the win for $31,459. Kofi took on a final table where seven of the eight players were Brazilian. 

In the race for the country with the most titles, Russia topped the standings with six. The United Kingdom came in second with five followed by Brazil with four.

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PokerStars kicks off the MicroMillions series in July for players on the international platform as well as in Southern Europe and Italy.

MicroMillions gets underway this week

Plenty of action continues this month at PokerStars. The site recently announced the popular MicroMillions series returns July 15-25 for players around the world.

The festival features $4.7 million in guaranteed prize pools across 122 events. The action also heads to PokerStars Southern Europe and PokerStars Italy as well.

Players on the Southern Europe platform (France, Spain, and Portugal) can expect 174 events from July 18 to Aug. 1 with €3 million in guaranteed.

Italian players are in store for 90 events with €1.2 million guaranteed. For a complete preview and schedule of the MicroMillions, click here.

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Brazilian Series of Online Poker Returns to PokerStars With 25 Events, Biggest Guarantee Ever 

The Brazilian Series of Poker Online returns to PokerStars July 7-12 with 25 events and $1.6 million guaranteed.

Bring a little Rio de Janeiro home with the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Online from July 7-12. There may not be any sun, sand, or surf, but plenty of online poker action awaits at PokerStars.

The series is back for the fifth time and includes the largest guaranteed prize pool ever at $1.6 million. Plenty of poker is in store with a packed six-day schedule featuring 25 events.

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Highlights from PokerStars BSOP

Players jumping the BSOP action will find plenty of No Limit Hold’em with a few Omaha events also thrown in. The series is open to all players on the .COM site with buy-ins ranging from $5.50 to $530. Beyond the cash, all winners also receive a BSOP trophy.

The two-day $215 buy-in Main Event highlights the festival and begins on July 11. The championship features a $450,000 guarantee.

There are also mini and micro versions of several tournaments. The $22 Mini Main Event also runs July 11 with $100,000 guaranteed.

Some other nice events from the series include:

  • $82 NLHE Start-Up (July 7) – $65,000 guaranteed
  • $530 High Roller (July 12) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $11 Big Hit (July 7, multiple starting flights) – $80,000 guaranteed
  • $5.50 Micro Wrap-Up Turbo (July 12) – $15,000 guaranteed

Mixed game fans will also want to circle July 10 on their calendars. The $109 HORSE event promises a $10,000 guarantee.

Even more on tap from PokerStars

Along with the first-place prize and trophy, the winners of the Main Event, High Roller, and Big Hit also win a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event Medium entry worth $530.

PokerStars is also including even more added value. A special Mega Freeroll is set to kick off the series on July 7, awarding $2,000 in BSOP Online tickets. Here’s a look at what tickets the winners can expect:

  • 1st – High Roller ($530) + Main Event ($215) tickets
  • 2nd – Main Event ($215) + Wrap-Up Big ($109) tickets
  • 3rd – Main Event ($215) ticket
  • 4th to 6th – Wrap-Up Big ($109) tickets
  • 7th to 9th – Wrap-Up Small ($22) tickets
  • 11th to 40th – Big Hit ($11) tickets

Along with the Mega Freeroll, numerous satellites are also planned starting at just $0.55. Here’s a look at the complete schedule.

2021 PokerStars Brazilian Series of Poker Online

DateEventTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
July 70Mega Freeroll$0$2,000
July 71NLHE Big Hit (Day 1A)$11$80,000
July 72$82 NLHE Start-Up, $65K Gtd$82$65,000
July 73PLO 6-Max$82$17,500
July 74NLHE Big Start Up, 8-Max$215$40,000
July 75$22 NLHE Turbo, $50K Gtd$50,000
July 81NLHE Big Hit (Day 1B)$11$80,000
July 86NLHE 8-Max Deepstack$109$45,000
July 875-Card PLO, 6-Max$82$12,500
July 88NLHE, 6-Max$55$55,000
July 89NLHE, Turbo$55$50,000
July 91NLHE Big Hit (Day 1C)$11$80,000
July 910NLHE, 8-Max$82$50,000
July 911PLO8, 6-Max$109$20,000
July 912NLHE, Freezeout$55$45,000
July 913NLHE Turbo$22$50,000
July 101NLHE Big Hit (Day 1D)$11$80,000
July 1014NLHE, 6-Max, Deepstack$82$50,000
July 1015PLO Main Event, 8-Max, Slow$215$25,000
July 1016HORSE, 6-Max$109$10,000
July 1017NLHE Turbo$55$50,000
July 111NLHE Big Hit (Day 1E)$11$80,000
July 1118NLHE Main Event, 8-Max, Slow$215$450,000
July 1119NLHE Mini Main Event$22$100,000
July 1120NLHE 6-Max Freezeout$55$30,000
July 1121NLHE Turbo$22$60,000
July 121NLHE Big Hit, (Day 2)$11$80,000
July 1222NLHE, Wrap-Up Micro, 8-Max Turbo, $15K Gtd$5.50$15,000
July 1218NLHE Main Event, 8-Max, Slow (Day 2)$215$450,000
July 1223NLHE High Roller, 8-Max$530$100,000
July 1224NLHE Wrap-Up Small, 8-Max Turbo$22$65,000
July 1225NLHE Wrap-Up Big, 6-Max Turbo$109$80,000

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PokerStars Names Neymar As Site’s New Cultural Ambassador

Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. steps into the new role of cultural ambassador with PokerStars, the site announced Wednesday.

Brazilian football star Neymar Jr. steps into the new role of cultural ambassador with PokerStars, the site announced Wednesday. The move will have Neymar working on a series of creative projects inspired by art, design, music, and more.

“Bringing his passions and interests to the table, he will be shaking up poker with a series of exciting experiences for the PokerStars community,” the company noted in a news release.

The news comes after PokerStars announced in December that Neymar would be rejoicing the company as an ambassador.

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Neymar releases PokerStars musical selections

In his first foray as cultural ambassador, Neymar has curated a series of music playlists in partnership with PokerStars. Stars hopes the playlists provide “the ultimate soundtrack for every type of poker game.”

His favorite songs are available via PokerStars.net on NJRadio at Spotify.

“Poker is so much more than just the game,” the athlete said in a news release. “It is a community and a culture and that is what I love about it. I am excited to start this next chapter with PokerStars,  and we are already collaborating on a number of key areas.

Neymar Jr. has taken the new role of cultural ambassador at PokerStars.

“Music is a real passion of mine, so that was first on the list, but there is much more to come. I am excited for you to see what else we have in store.”

New promotion giving away major money

To celebrate his new role, PokerStars and Neymar are also launching the Golden Chip giveaway promotion. As part of the events, the company is awarding $1 million in cash prizes.

Players can also win a number of limited edition Golden Chips. The sites  has “hidden” the prizes on the platform. Players can “discover” them over the next few weeks.

Each chip unlocks a high value prize including signed merchandise and clothing. Some also include VIP experiences and gifts curated by Neymar.

The announcement coincides with a new ad campaign going live in a number of markets. The new advertisements will see Neymar “shaking up the poker scene.”

PokerStars promises even more with the superstar in the coming months.

“Neymar Jr. is not just a globally recognized sports star, he is also a proven creative with a deep interest in the culture around him,” PokerStars global director of brand and creative Martin Nieri said.

“This new role marks the start of something exciting for the PokerStars community, a merging of two worlds, where poker meets culture. In a first for the industry, together we’ll be creating moments to truly shake up poker and rewarding those who get involved in all that’s to come.”

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PokerStars Brazilian Series Debuts This Week; Full Schedule Released With $1.5 Million Guaranteed

The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) kicks off on Wednesday at PokerStars, running March 24-29 with 24 events and $1.5 million guaranteed.

The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) kicks off on Wednesday and promises plenty of action over the five-day series. The festival is once again running online at PokerStars from March 24-29 with 24 tournaments and $1.5 million guaranteed.

PokerStars recently released the complete schedule with the two-day $215 Main Event highlighting the series. That tournament is set for March 28 with a $400,000 guarantee – $100,000 more than the last series.

The events are available for all players on the .COM platform and all winners in the series also earn an official BSOP trophy.

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Some highlights from the PokerStars BSOP

Players in the BSOP will find a wide range of buy-ins – from $11 to $530. Beyond the Main Event, there are also numerous other tournaments with nice guarantees.

First up is the $82 Start-Up on Wednesday, March 24, with a $60,000 guarantee. Players with bigger bankrolls will want to check out the $530 High Roller on March 29 with a $90,000 guarantee.

Most events feature No Limit Hold’em but there are also a few Omaha events as well. Pot Limit Omaha fans will find a $215 tournament on March 27 with a $25,000 guarantee.

There is also a HORSE tournament on the schedule with a $109 buy-in and $10,000 guarantee.

The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) continues online at PokerStars from March 24-29 with 24 tournaments and a $1.5 million guarantee.

PokerStars opportunities for lower bankrolls

Players with smaller bankrolls may also want to check out the $22 Mini Main Event on March 28. That event features some nice value with a $115,000 guarantee.

The $11 Big Hit tournament broke records in the last online series for the biggest field in BSOP history. That event attracted 11,417 entries and comes with a $80,000 guarantee this year.

Players can look for another big field when this year’s event begins on March 24. The tournament includes five starting flights.

The $22 Turbo Wrap-Up on March 28 is also another interesting event and guarantees a $75,000 prize pool.

PokerStars is offering players numerous satellite opportunities throughout the series. Players can jump in qualifiers starting at just $0.55, which are already underway. Here’s a look at the complete tournament series.

2021 PokerStars Brazilian Series of Poker Online

DateEventGuaranteeBuy-InGamePKORe-EntrySpeedSpecial
March 241$ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 1A
March 242 $ 60,000 $ 82NLHENYRegularStart-Up
March 243 $ 20,000 $ 82PLONYRegular
March 244 $ 25,000 $ 215NLHEYYRegularBig Start Up
March 245 $ 50,000 $ 22NLHEYYTurbo
March 251$ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 1B
March 256 $ 45,000 $ 109NLHENNRegularDeepstack
March 257 $ 15,000 $ 825 Card PLONYRegular
March 258 $ 40,000 $ 55NLHEYYRegular
March 259 $ 45,000 $ 55NLHEYYTurbo
March 261$ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 1C
March 2610 $ 40,000 $ 82NLHENYRegular
March 2611 $ 15,000 $ 109PLO8NYRegular
March 2612 $ 40,000 $ 55NLHEYNRegularFreezeout
March 2613 $ 60,000 $ 22NLHEYYTurbo
March 271$ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 1D
March 2714 $ 45,000 $ 82NLHENYRegularDeepstack
March 2715 $ 25,000 $ 215PLONYSlowPLO Main Event
March 2716 $ 10,000 $ 109HORSENYRegular
March 2717 $ 45,000 $ 55NLHEYYTurbo
March 281$ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 1E
March 2818$ 215NLHENYSlowMain Event Day 1
March 2819 $ 115,000 $ 22NLHENYRegularMini Main Event
March 2820 $ 30,000 $ 55NLHENNRegularFreezeout
March 2821 $ 70,000 $ 22NLHEYYTurbo
March 291 $ 80,000 $ 11NLHENYRegularBig Hit Day 2
March 2918 $ 400,000 $ 215NLHENYSlowMain Event Day 2
March 2922 $ 90,000 $ 530NLHENYRegularHigh Roller
March 2923 $ 75,000 $ 22NLHEYYTurboWrap-Up Small
March 2924 $ 75,000 $ 109NLHEYYTurboWrap-Up Big
 

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