Negreanu leads star pack to EPT Vilamoura
by Mad Harper
Some of the best poker players in the world are heading for Portugal's stunning Algarve coast this week to compete in EPT Vilamoura, the second stop of EPT Season 7.
Among the players is poker legend and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, a super-keen golfer who has been lured to Europe partly by the prospect of competing in the special EPT Vilamoura Fairways and Felts Challenge. KidPoker is one of four PokerStars players already signed up to play this unique event, a €1,100 golf-and-poker contest which tees off on Vilamoura's celebrated Pinhal Golf Course on September 1.
Also planning to swing into action at Pinhal are Friend of PokerStars and England football legend Teddy Sheringham, EPT founder John Duthie, and event host JP Kelly, as well as WSOP bracelet winner James Dempsey. The tournament is a brand new format where players buy-in or win a €1,100 golf/poker prize package (€770 + €70 for the poker, €260 for the golf) and battle it out over two days of action on the fairways and then at the poker tables. Players' golf scores determines how many chips they get on Day 2 at Vilamoura Casino.
Playing the Main Event (August 28-September 2) are a wealth of stars from around the world including American David Williams, playing his first EPT as a member of Team PokerStars Pro, Arnaud Mattern, who came third at EPT Tallinn last week, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Pieter de Korver, Lex Veldhuis, Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, Ruben Visser, Vicky Coren, Matthias De Meulder, Marcin Horecki and Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville. Also competing are Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, last year's Vilamoura champion Antonio Matias and EPT Award winners Kevin MacPhee, Allan Baekke and William Thorson.
Team PokerStars Portugal will also be out in force: Henrique Pinho, Nuno Coelho and Joao Nunes will be joined by Andre Coimbra from Team PokerStars Online.
More than 130 players have already won their seats to EPT Vilamoura online with PokerStars.