PokerStars Blogger Championship Blog

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Email Sent!

Hi All,
Just sent out all the emails. Let me know if you did not receive it and please reply to the email with the info needed as soon as you can so we can get the prizes out to you.

Prizes and Email

Email going out tonight (98% chance). Sorry about the delay all!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Prize Details

I will be sending out an email hopefully today (at the latest tomorrow) to the winners with prize instructions. Please do not email If you have any questions, send it to

The prizes should take about 2 weeks for you to receive. (except the xbox winners since it is not released until the end of November).

Try to reply to the email as fast as you can with the info we need to get your prize out.


Sunday, October 23, 2005

What Makes a Good Blog Winner!

Well before I get to the winner, let me tell you I got over 50 entries and I enjoyed reading them all since I have started my own blog (hehe). There was some interesting and funny quotes such as:

Sent over by Infant Days of Sleepless Nights
4. Blatantly plagiarise Otis, Dr. Pauly or Iggy. Required once per year.
15. Tell everyone you meet that you have a blog. Have the url and email
address printed on business cards that you can handout.
this by Biggestron Play Poker
Don't say no to anyone that will give you free stuff for putting their banner on your blog. The more flashing banners, the better your site will be. Try to set the banners up so that they flash all out of sequence. If you induce an epileptic seizure in your readers, they are still at your site.
(Editors Note - no flashing banners next year / : )

We also had a couple of interesting ways to submit their entry including a Recipe by Res Ispa Poker, a movie scene that stars Id, Ego, and SuperEgo by The Obituarium, and a help wanted ad by Maudie's Poker Perspective (who I am awarding with our last best blog prize, Congrats!)

But in the end, I went with the winner below. I will post the link to their entry they put on their blog as I believe you should check out the entry and the blog. S.T.B's insight and sincerity were the determining factors in my mind to choose the winner. Congrats to:
Beer City Poker (October 18th blog entry)

Congrats S.T.B and thanks to everyone that took time to send in a entry. No BS, I enjoyed each and every one of them.


Referral Winners!

A big thanks to those sites sending bloggers our way and alerting the community. This is also a very nice list of very nice poker blogs. I will contact you later this week about getting you your prize, a very nice PokerStars Fleece Jacket:

1. Tao of Poker
2. Up for Poker
3. The Poker Chronicles
4. 50 Outs
5. DoubleAs


Congrats to easy_wind!

easy_wind from Cambridge, Mass. took it home folks! A big congrats goes out to him. He is on his way to the Bahamas to compete in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure part of the World Poker Tour.

From what I saw, everyone had a great time even those that had an early exit than expected (read comments in the post below). I'm going to point you to our PokerStars blog and let Brad "Otis" Willis take it from here with the wrap up and let the blogs below speak for the tournament themselves. I'm sure they will have plenty to write about. Congrats to all the participants and the winners!

. Here are your final table winners and links to each of their blogs.

1. easy_wind (Cambridge, MA)--2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Prize Package
2. simonvlc (Valencia, Spain)--24" Dell Flatscreen LCD monitor
3. Ribs (Warrington, United Kingdom) --24" Dell Flatscreen LCD monitor
4. mattymillne (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) --24" Dell Flatscreen LCD monitor
5. Sunday8pm (Edmunds, United Kingdom) --24" Dell Flatscreen LCD monitor
6. butwin (Cypress, CA) --24" Dell Flatscreen LCD monitor
7. Lucky Poet (Oslo, Norway) --Xbox 360
8. maverick81 (Crowborough, United Kingdom) -- Xbox 360
9. MrAckley (Anchorage, AK) --Xbox 360

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Today is the Day!

Well folks, I hope you all will enjoy this tournament. I think there are 2 really cool factors involved here (along with many others!):
1. A tournament where you are playing your peers in the blog world. This one is for braggin' rights fellas!
2. A contest where you can (as much as possible) control your destiny. You see other contests out there that have contests where they will draw a name out of a hat. Here, if ya got the skillz, you got the prize!

I'll get some final numbers for you all after the tourney, but here's one stat here: Over 2,200 registrants with almost 1,500 registered! Great turnout!

Good Luck to you all and check back here after the tourney so I can award the referrers, the what makes a good blog tourney and a wrap-up.

Enjoy the tourney!

And the field is set!

Barring a couple of last minute entries due to obscure issues, the field is set: 1,467 bloggers have registered! An outstanding number and it definitely exceeded our expectations. I'm going to post a little bit more in awhile, but make sure you are there tomorrow: Oct.23rd 4pm est (1pm pst) 6am Brisbane, Australia for my buddy Pencil Fiend.
Oh it is on and it has been brought! Gidddddddy up!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Couple of Items

The registration has 'officially' ended since we put 12am Friday up as the cutoff. We will still take some registration as they come in until we OFFICIALLY turn off the page which should be this evening.
One important item: If you do register from here on out make sure your registration is perfect! Meaning:
1. The URL for your blog is correct
2. You PokerStars username is perfect including Caps-sensitive
3. The verification code is put on your blog

The tournament is this weekend, October 23rd 2005 4pm est (1pm pst).

May the best blogger win!!!!

Please stay tuned here for post tournament wrap up, the what makes a blog good contest, and one more round of prizes that I will announce a little later.

Good Luck!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New Daily Winners!

**Dont forget cutoff for the PokerStars Blogger Championship is this Friday, October 21st at midnight!

Well jury duty finally ended. We lost 14 individuals man hours for 3 days as a country, but it is everyone's right to request a trial by jury...even though it was an open and shut case. I mean not even close to having an arguement. We went back to the room to deliberate after closing arguements and everyone starts discussing the case. Ok, good stuff. FINALLY 10min go by, I stand up and say "I think its great that we are discussing the case, but why dont we take a vote just to see where we stand." Ok, 12 hands raise for guilty...think we could have done that the minute we left the court room.
Anyways! On to the daily winners. Congrats!!!

  • Whimsy Speaks

  • From what I have seen, Whimsy Speaks is a "true" blog in the sense of the word, because it's about everything yet nothing in particular. Pretty good writing and just random facts and stories that make for an interesting read.

  • Poetry Hut

  • Not sure how much demographically intertwined poker players and poetry readers are here at PokerStars (albeit not just poker players are coming here), but wanted to show a little diversity in the registrants we have AND of course point out a good blog. Very well put together blog focused on one topic, links to news articles, and a cool feature in the blog showing where her visitors are coming from for readers to see.

  • Richard Herring

  • Richard Herring is a stand-up comic and this site demonstrates his abilities. It is a website with a very good blog within the site and updated daily.

    Congrats to all the Winners!!!

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005

    New Daily Winners!!!

    ***Cutoff for registrants to the PokerStars Blogger Championship is this Friday, Oct 21st midnight est! Top referrers git 'on it!

    Ok, so I'm not kidding, I'm in jury duty right now thus the slowdown in winners.
    So here are the ones for the past couple of days.
    (Editor's Note: If you haven't noticed, I am trying to get a mix of known blogs in the community and others that are not as known. Just wanted to point this out and save my butt since I am going to leave off a good deal of VERY good blogs before this tourney gets underway.)

  • The Tao of Poker

  • The myth, the man, the legend of Poker blogging. He's one of those bloggers that you just want new content, new content, new content. Hard to get enough of it. Poker relevant, interesting and a sharp take on whats going on out there.

  • Wicked Chops Poker

  • If you haven't been to this blog, check it out. Love the look and the content. This one is very entertaining and full of rumors and/or intrigue. Added bonus, lovely photos of women are very common in this blog.

  • Matt Matros

  • What makes this stand out besides the outstanding blog/journal section is the other features on the site including: Essays, Math Corner and Polls.

    Allright, those are it for now. Hopefully jury duty will be over tomorrow and I can get back on schedule here.

    Congrats to the Winners!!!

    Monday, October 17, 2005


    Simple, quick and fun. Send in (any length from 1 sentence to 10 pages) as to what makes a good blog. If you have a poker blog, please add relevance to poker in your topic.
    The winner will receive the PokerStars Fleece we are giving away to the top 5 referrers!

    I do need some help though, if those that read this could announce this contest on their blog that would be great. Word it however you want or copy and paste below, your call: (top referrer gets a prize in the FPP store of any apparel 1,500 FPPs or less. make sure you write in your blog to tell PokerStars who sent them.)
    PokerStars is announcing ANOTHER contest within a contest. For all registrants of PokerStars Blogger Championship, we are giving out a cool PokerStars Fleece for the following contest:
    In your own words (any length you think is appropriate), tell PokerStars what makes a good blog. If you have a poker blog or one that has this as a major topic, please add relevance to poker in your topic.
    Email all entries to: I will announce the winner and post his answer and blog URL on our blog this upcoming Friday the 21st. Good Luck!

    Service Slow Down

    Hey all,
    Wanted to post this quickly. Having some issues with my internet connection and having been able to register and give out some congrats the past 2 days. Hopefully will be solved soon...

    Saturday, October 15, 2005

    Saturday's Daily Blog Winner!

    Here is new daily winners of our blog giveaway for the upcoming PokerStars Blogger Championship! (I will make up for not having 2 later this week. Its Saturday afterall!)
    The winner is: Big Slick Nuts!

    Yessir! He knew it was coming. I must admit continuing press on the tournament made it a clear cut choice, but besides that (which we appreciate and so do those bloggers who read your blog so they know the 411), as did the name of the blog, but ALSO it is a great blog!
    A little snippet from a good analysis and good press for us:
    "Remember, this is a test of the ability of bloggers to drive traffic to a poker site. If successful, we may see more of these in the future. If you don’t know how to customize your blog, then please make a commitment to re-post your tournament banner every few days to bring it back to the top of your blog."
    Much Thanks for this suggestion and (seriously folks), you are giving back to your own community. This year we didnt make it a rule to do this and doubt we will next year, but its great to see we don't need to and that you all take care of your own.
    NOW, besides the pro PokerStars stance, I have learned something about blogs. See, I'm new in the field really (although I just started a personal blog because I now love it: Predictions and Ramblings, but I see 3 important things about a blog
    1. A good central topic
    2. Good Links to Other Blogs and Great sites out there
    3. Amusing/Interesting Ramblings
    (a fourth would be design)
    This site like all the winners has got this going on. I hope you all have the chance to check out these winners.
    Nice Job on your blog..umm Slick Nuts!
    Just my take and sticking (and adding daily) to it.
    Good Luck at the tables whereever you may play!

    Friday, October 14, 2005

    Daily Best Blog Winners for Friday

    Here are the two winners of our best blogs out there.

    The first is
    I chose this one because of 2 reasons:
    1. The content and analysis in the daily blogs is great! I believe a geek (a very smart one!) is writing it ( :
    2. The links on his website to other blogs is also a who's who list. Not only the poker blogs listed, but the other blogs as well are all great blogs.

    Congrats for winning our daily prize!

    The second blog winner for today is:
    I'm going with this one because its fun and got some all out style to the layout and content. Not much poker content here, but hey this is a tournament open to ALL bloggers. I'll also feel I need to point out a email I received from the owner because he had me lol'ing. And not just typing lol, but actually doing it.
    'i have some free stuff now why not dont be tight ok im gonna stop typing now
    when is this thing are u even gonna reply im hungry.'

    Not quite sure what this meant and passed it on to one our many language translators at PokerStars support. He actually confirmed to me that it was English so I laughed a little more and replied: 'You are now registered and I am hungry too. Good Luck in the tournament.'

    Congrats to both winners and hit me back with the prize you would like from out Frequent Player Point store.
    Hasta manana mi amigos,

    Thursday, October 13, 2005

    Our 4th Daily Blog Winner and a Status on More Prizes

    Quick plug, there is a previous post today below on standings for our referral contest.

    Our 4th daily winner is.....Poker in Arrears!

    Contrary to popular..strike that...contrary to one unpopular belief, no razzies for this blog (check out the blog for more info). I'll say it again, 1,500 blogs visited in the past month and you stand out!

    Congrats on winning the reward you pick out at the FPP store, along with a little recognition here.

    One addition. We will now be giving out 2 awards daily and possibly 3 at a later date or tomorrow. I'm whacky like that ( ;
    Keep posted and see if your blog pops up here. (Editor's note: those that dont, no need to feel bad. A lot of freakin' entries!!!)

    Good Luck everyone wherever you play and whatever you play for!

    Referral Update

    One of our contest prizes is the following:
    Top 5 referers to the PokerStars Blogger Championship receive a very nice PokerStars Fleece Jacket.

    Here's a little commentary and update on that contest within a contest.

    Well, of course referrals is how we are able to operate this tournament to the level we want to achieve so it helps us out. But the referral contest is also cool for the bloggers in 2 regards:
    1. A cool fleece jacket! If you check out the link above and see the prize, it is very nice. I picked this prize because its one of the nicer prizes we have and a favorite of mine.
    2. It again shows a little recognition of the top sites out there. Shows your readership level as being strong as well as loyal. A lot of online forms have a referred by field, but you actually have to get someone to take the action to fill it out as since it is usually not required. In order for someone to take a little time to fill it out (albeit 10 seconds), shows a little loyalty from the readers to give a little recognition and reward to the blogger.
    *One little side note is that this field has been filled out more than I have seen in other forms I have developed over the year. A nice recognition for all the bloggers out there to fill out the field and show the flow of Internet traffic!

    Well here is the current standings (taking out the top referrer being the PokerStars site itself):
    1. Dr. Pauly himself at: with a commanding 56 referrals and counting.
    2. The fellas over at: at 32
    3. Our very own Wil Wheaton coming from: (his regular website: is having some issues right now, but sure that would be popular as well) at 21
    4. One of our winners in the daily blog giveaway with 18
    5. Another winner of our daily blog contest Bill Rini at 14
    Rounding out the in the running with a little push!
    6. Matt Matros: at 13
    7. Dead Money = Sir AlCantHang: at 13
    8. DoubleAs: at 13
    9. Poker Chronicles: at 11
    10. Sound of a SuckOut:

    I will keep everyone monitored on the standings in the days to come. Good Luck!

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    Our 3rd Daily Winner

    This is the 2nd post today, so dont miss out on the first one below.

    The winner today of our daily cool blog giveaway is 50 Outs!
    Very cool blog with great content! One of the leaders in our referral contest, but not the reason it was picked. Jan and whoever else is over there has great insight on the online poker world. Not sure if they need any publicity as they are already one of the top Poker blogs out there.

    Congrats Jan! Your Free PokerStars apparel is on its way!
    Ryan at PokerStars

    Current Numbers and Status

    Well, the PokerStars Blogger Championship is going very well!!! We have had over 1,600 unique entries with about 1,200 people now registered. It has certainly been a daunting task to verify all these blogs, but cool at the same time since I get to check out a lot of unique sites. Couple of things, I have run across: a cool graphic of a 'large' kid dancing for some cake, a dissertation of our marketing strategy, some things I dont think I should write about ( ;, some interesting takes on the a competitors big news announcement..., and a bunch of cool songs when you open up the blog ranging from Gwen Stefani to Linkin Park to the Dukes of Hazzard theme song.

    I'd say all in all, the Championship is pretty successful and will be a great event for years to come. We hope you all will enjoy it also. Of course, we have a business strategy behind it of getting publicity and what not, but we also really believe in the building of communities. Like our pokersite where we have a huge community base, the blogger world also has this. I do not think you can deny our commitment to your community giving out a tournament with cool FREE prizes, but you can also see that we have our own blog (url found on the home page), blogs we did just for certain events ( and the one your reading. Along with working with Wil Wheaton who is a big voice in the blogger community.

    We hope you enjoy our daily giveaway for cool blogs we come across (I wish I could pick more because there are plenty I will be forced to leave out the award pool).

    You all should proud of your community and being THE voices of the internet even if your just talking about the mid-term you have tomorrow or directing people to cool destinations on the web.

    Good Luck All!
    Ryan at PokerStars

    Tuesday, October 11, 2005

    Our Second Daily Giveaway Winner!

    Congrats to Kevin at 'A Fool and his Money':
    He has won the second day of our daily give away contest and can choose from any apparel at our Frequent Player Points (FPPs) store 1,500 FPPs or less. He also may get a little bit more readership for a little free advertising of his own.

    Congrats Kevin and Good Luck in the tournament!!!

    Monday, October 10, 2005

    PokerStars T-Shirts

    We've mentioned that we will be giving away promotional items like hats and tees on the website, but haven't said how we're planning on giving them out.

    Well, from today until the start of the tournament, we will be selecting a blog to give away free PokerStars apparel. We'll choose neat blogs we have run across to determine a winner.

    The very first winner of a free t-shirt is poker blogger, Bill Rini, of Congrats on the free t-shirt Bill!

    Stay tuned in for more giveaways!

    Friday, October 07, 2005

    Yes, it really is free!

    We've been getting quite a few questions in regard to how much it costs to sign up for this tournament or if there are any other hidden requirements to participate in this event.

    For the final time - it's absolutely free!

    I know, it sounds fishy and devious, but we at PokerStars really are throwing a truly legitimate freeroll for the bloggers. We of course, would like to make some buzz for ourselves, but otherwise, we're giving away $25,000 of our own money for this to happen.

    So please, don't worry, be happy and we hope to see you in the tournament! Sign up now!

    Wednesday, October 05, 2005

    Blog Rules, Clarification

    The registrations are really coming in right now and we're being a little overloaded with the number of requests. Over 600 players signed up right now and the ad hoc blog team is working hard to make sure that only real bloggers are participating in the event.

    This leads to the question though - what is a real blogger?

    We've come across quite a few sites over the last few days where the blogger hasn't posted in over a year, they are running a non-blog site or have recently created a blog. So to get the ground rules out in the open, here are the general guidelines of what we'll consider an eligible blog:

    - History. A page with some history or archive of previous posts in chronological fashion, even if they are from quite some time ago. If our event motivates some bloggers back to the blogging world, we're ok with that. Our current standard is blogs that are at least two months old. There have been quite a few bloggers who have registered, whom we have found to have created blogs solely for the purpose of registering for this tournament. These bloggers are not eligible of course and we don't want people abusing the blog sites for this purpose.

    - Content. Opinions, facts or links on the blog. We've run across some search spam oriented blogs and while these bloggers have a purpose for this blog, we don't believe this runs in the spirit of the event. Our standards are certainly not for Shakespear, but we'll know if the blog isn't genuine.

    - Blog vs website. Some webpages blur the bounds of a blog vs an actual static website, but we will consider the page eligible if it meets the above criteria.

    We hope this clears some things up. Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you likely have a legitimate blog already and don't need to worry, but we hope we answered any possible questions you might have had.