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PokerStars 'Deal' Winner Collects Life-changing $287,000
The jackpot for The Deal, PokerStars' hugely popular mini game, has hit for the first time in almost two weeks. The progressive jackpot had grown to well over $550,000 when 'zuziek79' triggered the jackpot to win $287,230.45 at PokerStars.
The Polish player was playing The Deal for the very first time when the lucky strike came on his seventh hand at the 7 StarsCoin buy-in level. That triggered the Royal Flush that led to the largest jackpot the game has ever paid out. 'zuziek79' was being railed by his brother and confirmed that excitement levels at this point were "crazy". Another brother missed out on the excitement but 'zuziek79' said "he's getting a nice present as compensation. I'm very happy. It is a life changing amount of money for me. I plan to spend it wisely and of course continue playing at PokerStars". Additionally 54,190 players were awarded a $5.30 share for playing in the 12 hours leading up to the jackpot hit.
Only 12 hours later, as if making up for lost time, the jackpot wheel spun again, this time paying out $17,789.53 to 'money0099', who just missed out on the bumper payout by a few hours.

A New Jersey family added a fantastic $100,000 Spin & Go win on top of engagement celebrations, all in one exciting evening on
James Piccolo, the baby of the family at 27-years old, signed up to play PokerStars three days ahead of his win when visiting his parents in New Jersey. Piccolo has been playing poker for a number of years and recently moved to Las Vegas to seek his fortune playing live poker, but this was the first time he had played Spin & Go on Piccolo had just played a few games using the User ID of 'VaderWolf' before the $120,000 jackpot prize pool lit up his screen. He couldn't believe his eyes and called all his family to watch as the game played out. He won the three-handed turbo tournament and won the $100,000 first place prize.
Piccolo's win was not the only good news that night. It was a double celebration as his sister came home to announce her engagement too.

When 'maxv2' won the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) 2017 $215 Main Event for $489,075.72 the player topped not only the list of most money won by a player in this series, but the all time list of biggest TCOOP prize won ever. The record prize pool stood at $3,413,377, the largest ever seen in a TCOOP event. The series attracted more than 215,000 entries in total and paid out more than $23 million across the 66 events which took place online at PokerStars.
By popular demand, the final weekend's schedule also included a low stakes Main Event to accompany the $1,000 buy-in Main Event. The inaugural $27 Hold'em Main Event Turbo, Low-Stakes Edition was contested by 23,662 entrants, which was the largest field of all 66 events. The winner, 'posetuta', scooped $52,367.61 – not a bad return for a $27 buy-in.
On the other end of the spectrum, the High Roller event buy-in was increased to $3,000, and 569 entries battled for a share of the $1,625,712.66 prize pool. The UK's 'vicenfish' was victorious, winning $287,969.33. However, the day belonged to 'maxv2', whose victory in the Main Event over a field of 3,583 players secured the spot at the top of the TCOOP earnings tree. 
The TCOOP Player of the Series title went to 'caprioli' who topped the leaderboard with 400 points thanks to three final table finishes (the most this year), including taking the title for TCOOP-11: $82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Progressive KO tournament]. 'caprioli' also tops TCOOP's all-time list of Most Final Tables. The player adds $10,000 to their winnings and a $1,000 ticket to the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event, meaning more chances to shine when SCOOP rolls around. Second place went to 'Lena900', who won $5,000 cash and a $1,000 SCOOP Main Event ticket.
PokerStars Team Pros' success was spearheaded by Liv Boeree who finished 5th out of 1,733 entrants in TCOOP-25: $700 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Progressive KO (50%)]. Boeree was the last British player standing in the event and won $24,150.86 plus $12,949.21 in bounty payments. It started a successful week for the British pro who also won £6,280 in the PokerStars Festival London £2,200 High Roller, taking place on January 24 and 25.
The winner of the final ever Latin American Poker Tour event, sponsored by PokerStars, in November, Nacho 'PokerLoans1' Barbero, took his skills to the online felt for TCOOP placing 5th in TCOOP-37: $320 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Fat Tuesday SE] for $26,118.19. Check out the PokerStars blog for full reports on all TCOOP events.


Team PokerStars SportStar Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball hero Dwyane Wade's #raiseit videos have hit the milestone of 100M views. The sporting pair ended their three-month #raiseit battle this week in spectacular style by using drones. They have gone head-to-head in a total of seven rounds over the past three months combining impressive sporting tricks while doing everyday tasks.
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100,000RMB (Approx. $14,500)
A charity poker tournament in Beijing raised over 100,000RMB to set up school funds in rural areas. Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin and Team PokerStars Online member Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew both took part in the event, with Celina taking the top prize from a total prize pool of 850,000 RMB.
First prize won by Rehman Kassam in the PokerStars Festival London Main Event. Kassam beat a field of 944 players to claim the largest payout and trophy from the £824,112 prize pool. Joe Johnson won £59,912 in the PokerStars Festival London High Roller. The Brit beat a field of 178 players to claim the title and the lion's share of the £345,320 prize pool.
Russian poker player 'stragerpoker' cashed $86,733in the PokerStars Sunday Million after beating a field of 5,236 players. The total prize pool was a guarantee–beating $1,047,200.
First prize won by New Jersey player 'MattEMenz' in the PokerStars NJ Winter Series Main Event. MattEMenz took down 182 players to take home the title and $20,935 from the $102,375 total prize pool making this the biggest non-COOP MTT in New Jersey to date.
The amount won by 'martillo1978' online at in the last two weeks. The player finished 33rd out of 381 entrants to win $425 in the NJ Winter Series 2: $200 NL Hold'em Sunday Special and then followed that with a runner up finish in a New Jersey Spin & Go $100,000 Special Edition for $10,000.
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Become a Spinball wizard at PokerStars and win up to $10,000 daily in Spinball, the brand new promotion that brings a classic arcade game feel to Spin & Go challenges. For the chance to win, players should head to specially-designed pinball puzzles in their Challenges window on the PokerStars desktop client as well as on the mobile app.
PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event packages worth $8,200 are up for grabs in excusive $20 buy-in Spin & Go tournaments now running on PokerStars. Players can also qualify for PokerStars Championship Panama 2017 through special satellites running until March 5.
The numbers of events on the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Uruguay schedule, which kicked off yesterday and runs until February 7. The event is taking place at the ENJOY Punta del Este Resort & Casino.
The number of Team PokerStars Pros nominated for the 3rd Annual Global Poker Index (GPI) American Poker Awards. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is up for "Moment of the Year" for his performance at the World Series of Poker where he won two bracelets. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville, who was one of the first prominent professional poker players to embrace online steaming, and Team PokerStars Online members Kevin Martin and Jaime Staples are all in the running for Twitch Streamer of the Year. The awards will be held February 23 in Los Angeles.