It’s been eight years since PokerStars first ran the Sunday Storm. That mean it’s time to celebrate with a special anniversary edition of the tournament this coming weekend. And there’s no better place to get ready for the tournament, or to win your seat for free, than PokerStars School.

This week:

• Preparing for the 8th Anniversary Sunday Storm
• Get inside the minds of two poker pros
• Three PSPC hands with Ramon Colillas


The 8th Anniversary Sunday Storm is rolling in fast!

Eight years goes by in the blink of an eye — and so does the Sunday Storm

The Sunday Storm has become a staple of the PokerStars weekend tournament schedule over the years. To celebrate its enduring popularity, we’re hosting a special anniversary edition of the Sunday Storm this weekend. The buy-in will remain $11 but there’s a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and a $100,000 guarantee for first place.

PokerStars School is giving away 300 seats to this special edition of the tournament in a series of 12 satellites — go here to find out how you can play for free. But beyond that, you won’t find a better place to prepare for a chance like this.

If you’re brand-new to multi-table poker tournaments, the PokerStars School MTT Course is exactly what you need to get up to speed quickly. Even if you already have plenty of experience, it never hurts to brush up on your early-stage game or to remind yourself to focus on survival in order to win a huge poker tournament. And every poker player needs to concentrate on avoiding mental game pitfalls.


Go inside the mind of a poker pro — then do it again

It’s one thing to prepare yourself for a big tournament by studying theory. It’s another to have access to the thoughts of a professional poker player as he works through his decision-making process. This week PokerStars School offers you not one but two chances to see exactly how a professional thinks through common situations.

Want to learn to build big stacks of chips? Ask someone who’s built them before.

It’s easy to get excited when you’re dealt strong hands. It’s even easier to miss value or blunder into a bad spot by overplaying them. A great way to avoid that trap is to learn from Pete Clarke’s newest piece, which focuses on how he approached two hands of real-money poker at the $100NL Zoom tables on PokerStars. If you’re at your best when you’re playing good hands, you’ll win more in the long run.

A great follow-up to Clarke’s piece is James Mackenzie’s newest heads-up video. After a couple weeks working up from the lowest stakes, this week he reaches the $30 level and comes across a much higher caliber of opponent. Over the course of 35 minutes Mackenzie finds himself in a range of common situations against a tough player and talks through his decisions on every street. Heads-Up vs. a Professional Player is the kind of instruction plenty of people would pay good money for, but it’s completely free with PokerStars School.


Three PSPC hands with Ramon Colillas

Learn from Ramon Colillas

A good way to round out your prep for the Sunday Storm is to watch somebody else winning big — in this case, one of the biggest wins of all time.

It’s been five months since Ramon Colillas won the PokerStars NL Players Championship in the Bahamas, and Dave Roemer’s in-depth look at three hands Colillas played at the final table is top-quality stuff. He extracts all kinds of useful information about bet sizing, ranges, and folding otherwise playable hands due to ICM considerations.

Check out Roemer’s analysis of three key hands, plus a cards-up stream of the entire PSPC final table, right here.


Other new PokerStars School content you might enjoy

• Question of the Week: How would you stay focused if you made the Sunday Storm final table?
• Stream: 100NL ZOOM with Carroters
• Winners Wall: Success in the Sunday Million and In the Money for SCOOP!


Open a PokerStars account today and start learning from PokerStars School. Click here to get started, and then click here to register for PokerStars School.


WSOP photography by pokerphotoarchive.com

Jason has covered poker since 2005. He lives in Washington state with his wife and three dogs.

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