Here’s a quick catch up from the week on PokerStarsBlog… 

  • From $100 to $1M in 11 minutes
  • Best poker interviews of all time
  • Poker’s future (found in the past)
  • Opinion: Fortnite’s Moneymaker effect? It’s complicated
  • How the Sunday Million was won (August 4)

FROM $100 TO $1M IN 11 MINUTES

There are lots of ways to make a million dollars.

If you’re old-fashioned you can inherit hundreds of millions and collect a day’s worth of interest.

You could go new-school and become a superstar athlete, earning it as part of your first pro contract.

Or you could be like Hungary’s “sejdeamiota.” On Sunday sejdeamiota put up $100, played 33 hands of poker in a Spin & Go, and came out ahead of two other players to earn $1 million.

Check out how the Spin was won here.


BEST POKER INTERVIEWS OF ALL TIME

When PokerStars Ambassador Liv Boeree grabbed Bryn Kenney for an interview moments before the £1 million Triton final table last week, she couldn’t have predicted she was about to conduct what many top poker professionals are now calling the “best poker interview of all time”.

If you haven’t watched it yet, make sure you give it a listen.

It got us thinking, though. What other poker interviews stick in our minds, be it for their emotion, humour, controversy, or acumen?

Here are some of our favourites.


POKER’S FUTURE (FOUND IN THE PAST)

Poker & Pop Culture, PokerStars Blog’s Martin Harris came across a tiny, pocket-sized publication published by Dick & Fitzgerald in 1887 called Dick’s Progressive Poker.

What Harris found seems to have predicted the exact way poker is played today, 132 years later.

It’s a fascinating find. Check it out here.


OPINION: FORTNITE’S MONEYMAKER EFFECT? IT’S COMPLICATED

He’s got game: Kyle Giersdorf on ESPN

In front of around 15,000 people at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf became the inaugural world champion of the video game Fortnite, booking a victory that earned him $3 million.

While the rest of the mainstream world shook baffled heads, amazed that playing video games could earn such an enormous pay-day, poker followers were similarly bemused by the tone of the media storm—but for very different reasons.

This week, PokerStars Blog’s Howard Swains explored Fortnite’s ‘Moneymaker effect’, and asked the questions; what can poker learn from Fortnite’s mainstream success, and what can it teach?

Read the excellent piece here.


HOW THE SUNDAY MILLION WAS WON (AUGUST 4)

An executive chef. A science writer. A two-time COOP champ with $5.8 million in PokerStars earnings. A Swedish high stakes player at his third major final table of the summer.

These players outlasted more than 8,200 of their peers to advance to the final of this week’s Sunday Million. After close to two and a half hours of battle, it was “losero88” — an executive chef from Italy currently living in the United Kingdom — who served up a win.

Here’s how it all went down.


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