Saturday, July 28, 2007

Japan Poker League - Pokerstars

The Japan Poker League is now running a free online tournament at Pokerstars every Sunday night at 9pm JST. Winners of the online tournaments earn points in the Japan Poker League.

I just looked it up on Pokerstars - the description in the tournament lobby reads, "This series is an eight-month competition where players with the most points compete for a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package."

Which is true, but not the whole story. The online tournaments are one way to win points. The other way is to win points in the near-daily live games around Tokyo. Every 6 weeks or so is a new "heat" where the leaders have a playoff game to win more points, and at the end of the 8-month season the point leaders will have a final playoff game for the PCA package.

I've seen some referrals to my web page from folks looking for "japan poker league pokerstars password". If you're not in Japan, don't bother - even if you get into the game, you'll win points you can't use for a tournament you can't attend to try to win a PCA package they won't award to a non-Japan Poker League player. Which would include airline tickets from Japan, which would not be much good to you anyhow.

If you are in Japan and are interested, visit the Japan Poker League's home page, where they describe (in Japanese) the tournament series, the live game schedules, and how to apply to get the online password for the Pokerstars games.

If you're in Japan and interested but can't read Japanese, leave me a comment and I should be able to check on the exact process and help get you going.


syferium said...
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Anonymous said...


Thanks for the post.....good to know.

Pokerstars seems to be the place to play for us here in Japan and in general for Asian players as they also seem to be running the qualifiers for the big Asian tournaments too;
Hope to make it to the Duke again ASAP......maybe even this Friday........

Hope all is well.


James said...

Actually, I think Everest Poker probably has a better grip on the Japanese market than Pokerstars at the moment. Everest has been running the Everest Poker Cup nights at the Ueno poker room for ages now, and is also running the current Everest Poker Japan Cup tournaments both online and in live venues in Tokyo and Osaka to send 30 Japanese players to Tinian for a $20,000 freeroll tournament. Their online software has a full Japanese interface and supports Japanese text in the chat, so it's very comfortable for Japanese players, especially in games with other Japanese. Everest's work with local live games also makes them feel like they have people here on the ground working on their presence in Japan, whereas PokerStars seems to be content to run things remotely.

Pokerstars has some dealings with the Japan Poker League and JPPA that I'm not up on, so they're definitely known. But my feeling is that Everest will feel much more approachable by Japanese players, instead of a distant, giant, overseas online English-only poker site.

Anonymous said...


Please give me the password i want to play the tournament in 2 hours on pokerstars.

Miko Taik Lee,


James said...

Who's yellow?

I don't know what the password is - never played the JPL online games.

To get the password, first register for the JPL by going to and clicking on the link at the bottom to agree to the JPL terms of use and privacy policy.

That should take you to the JPL registration page. Enter in the following fields:

Handle/Nickname (required)
Mail Address 1 (PC mail address)
Mail Address 2 (keitai mail address)
Postal Code
Address 1 - Prefecture (required)
Address 2 - the rest of your address
Phone Number
Birth day - year, month, day (required)
Sex (required - first one is male)

Hit the blue right-facing arrow at the bottom and it should register you and give you a password to log in to the JPL pages, and a JPL ID.

Then you'll need to register for the JPL Online tournaments. Go to and fill out the following fields:

PC Mail Address you registered with the JPL (required)
JPL registered Handle/Nickname (required)
JPL registered ID
Pokerstars registered mail address (required)
Pokerstars account name (required)

Submit that form, and if all goes well they should email you the JPL Online Tournament registration information, which should include the password you'll need to join the tournaments on PS.

Anonymous said...

can anybody give me the pws of japan poker league pca series my mom is japanese but i´ve never learned it =(
and shes at a market plz can anybody give me the pws

James said...

You really should have read my post.

Even if you get the password for the online game, you won't get anything if you win unless you live in Japan and have registered with the JPL.

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