From the latest news to player interviews, here’s your weekly round up of all the latest content from PokerStars Blog.

• Lex announces Platinum Pass winner, Jeff and Andrew announce two
• Moneymaker Tour has Hollywood ending
• Human Lie Detector: Can you spot a bluff?
• Bounty Builder series: KO leaderboards
• New Poker in the Ears podcast, featuring Chris Kruk


Lex announces Platinum Pass winner, Jeff and Andrew announce two

Three new shiny $30,000 Platinum Passes were handed out this week, as two Platinum Pass Adventure contents came to an end.

Lex Veldhuis awarded his pass live on Twitch. The winner is Benjamin Alvarado, who went to great lengths — or rather cut off great lengths — to help others.

Read all about Lex and Alvarado right here.

A couple of days later and it was Jeff Gross and Andrew Neeme’s turn to award some trips to the Bahamas and entry to the $25K PokerStars Players Championship. Thing is, they couldn’t settle on just one new vlogger extraordinaire, so they chose two.

Congratulations to Matt Keifer and Oliver Biles. Check out all the info, including their winning vlog entries, right here.


Moneymaker Tour has Hollywood ending

We thought the Moneymaker Tour was ending its run at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. But Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Florida just outside Miami called Chris Moneymaker and said, “Wanna come down here and throw an $86 party?”

You had us at “swimming pool”

Of course he did. So get November 9th through 11th on your calendar right now. Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th are Day 1 qualifiers. Players making it through a Day 1 will converge on Day 2 and play down to a single winner who will, of course, receive a Platinum Pass. And just to be clear: this is not a satellite. There are the usual cash payouts – it’s just that there’s that little $30,000 bonus up top.

You’ll find all the info here.


Human Lie Detector: Can you spot a bluff?

All this talk about people winning Platinum Passes is probably making you want to get in on the action, right?

Good news then. If you spot a bluff from Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, you could win entry to a freeroll which awards a $30K Platinum Pass to the winner (as well as $3,000 worth of runner-up prizes to be won).

Head here for all the info, and good luck spotting Andre’s bluff! We’re not even sure if Daniel Negreanu got it right…


Bounty Builder series: KO leaderboards

Our Bounty Builder series has proved very popular, so much so that some players aren’t skipping a day. We thought we’d take a look at the players who have scored the most KOs so far.

Let’s start with the Team PokerStars Online players. Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand leads the way so far with 24 KOs, but it’s Kevin Martin who has banked the most from his bounties with $3,341.89 won.

UserID Entries KOs Cashed
easywithaces 19 24 $741.08
Spraggy 9 17 $1,213.18
KevinM987 6 13 $3,341.89
jaimestaples 5 4 $43.41
xflixx 5 3 $71.25
IgorKurganov 4 1 $50.00
L. Veldhuis 5 1 $37.50

Here’s a look at the overall Bounty Builder series KO leaderboard:

UserID CountryCode Entries KOs Cashed
Zapahzamazki RU 62 125 $18,270.95
Asul RO 41 104 $6,100.07
ninototoroko BR 42 94 $12,611.57
bananero17 UY 44 92 $2,967.94
jays94 CA 57 90 $15,277.51
MITS 304 CY 60 87 $67,412.29
torscotr06 CA 64 84 $10,252.50
shefa1234 BG 33 79 $1,046.83
4bet_multibet! PL 47 78 $19,962.68
Narcisus90 RO 49 69 $8,230.18

New Poker in the Ears podcast, featuring Chris Kruk

James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton are joined by High Roller and all-round crusher Chris Kruk on the latest episode of the Poker in the Ears podcast.

Moreover, they also run through this week’s poker headlines, which include results for Chris Moneymaker and an altruistic Lex Veldhuis fan, and break down the three #PCA2018 Super High Roller TV shows. Plus, there’s more details on the freeroll league.

Head here for more info, or listen to the podcast here.


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