Each week, PokerNews brings you insight into the happenings at the major poker sites. Featuring the most popular blog posts, BlogNews Weekly is your one-stop shop for all your poker blog highlights.
Meet PokerStars' Longest-Serving Player
PokerStars first launched its online poker room almost 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. However, players were able to sign-up for an account before the official launch.
One such player was Sweden's Frank Öberg who signed up for a PokerStars account on Sept. 5, 2001 choosing the screenname "SpicyF" due to his love of the British girl band, the Spice Girls.
With Öberg still playing on the world's largest real-money online poker room to this day, the PokerStars Blog post titled Meet PokerStars' Longest-Serving Player of All Time reports that this makes him the person who has been playing on the site for the longest period of time. The blog discusses Öberg's history in the game in vast detail, including how he got interested in the game playing with friends back in 1996.
Read more on the PokerStars Blog about Frank "SpicyF" Öberg, the longest-standing PokerStars player.
Win a Free FTOPS Ticket
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The Full Tilt Online Poker Series, better known as the FTOPS, is returning to Full Tilt on Feb. 27 with 46 action-packed events and $1 million in combined guaranteed prize pools over the course of 15 days.
The Full Tilt Blog post titled FTOPS XXIX Blog Freeroll — Get Your Free Event #1 Ticket discusses how you can potentially get to play in the $100 buy-in event for free.
On Sunday, Feb. 21, at 12:00 ET, Full Tilt will be hosting the FTOPS Blog Freeroll, where the top six players will be awarded a free ticket to FTOPS Event #1. To get the password to this event, simply check back to the Full Tilt Blog on Saturday, Feb. 20, to learn the password.
Discover on the Full Tilt Blog how you can win a free ticket to the FTOPS XXIX opening event on Feb. 21.
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The History of Texas Hold’em
Texas hold'em is by far the most popular variant in poker. However, this wasn't always the case.
PokerNews editor and partypoker blogger Matthew Pitt talks about the history of Texas hold'em and how it grew into the widely-played game it is today in a blog titled The History of Texas Hold’em: The Cadillac of Poker.
Pitt discussed how poker legend Doyle Brunson was part of a team of players to introduce the game to Las Vegas back in 1967, with for many years the Golden Nugget Casino being the only place that offered the game. He also discussed how the World Series of Poker, Californian poker rooms, and the hole-card camera all helped advance the game.
Learn more on the partypoker blog about the history of Texas hold'em.