A packed weekend live and online
We've made it through another week, and if you're not in Manila for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, or in Bristol for the UK and Ireland Poker Tour, then there's plenty taking place online to make this a weekend to look forward to. But first let's look back on the past week.
It started in the early hours of Monday morning when Danish player DonLinnet won the Sunday Million and a first prize of more than $178,000 after topping a field of 5,704. Some 48 hours later "montecarlo13", better known as Dutch pro Govert Metaal, did something similar in the Super Tuesday. He took first prize, collecting $102,980, ahead of British pro JP "MrBarrett82" Kelly. You can read all about Metaal's win here.
But the big day this week was yesterday, which marked the start of events in Manila and Bristol. It's perfect for poker fans who, with a one or two hours here and there, have coverage to follow almost around the clock.
They're the latest major PokerStars festivals to get underway since the World Series ended last month, and are a suitable prelude to the new season of the European Poker Tour, now just two weeks away.
More than €25.6m was awarded to players at last year's EPT Barcelona Poker Festival, with tournament entries totalling 18,038. Once again the EPT returns for this traditional summer curtain raiser with a tournament schedule stretching to a record 71 events, running from August 18-30.
Last year player numbers meant the seams of the tournament room looked about to burst. This year will be no different, in terms of number as least, but the playing area will look a little different, with new additions, including a marquee, to make more room for this most popular EPT stop.
Highlights on the schedule include a €50,000 Super High Roller as well as a €25,500 Single Day High Roller. If that's too rich then there's the €10,300 High Roller, and of course the €5,300 EPT Main Event. What's more, as in previous years, the Estrellas Main Event, with a buy in of €1,100, acts as an enticing prelude. For more on the new EPT season, check out the tour homepage.
Back to this weekend and the tournament card offers all the usual weekend majors. There are also Mega Path satellites to dig out which could help you reserve your spot in the WCOOP Main Event weeks ahead of schedule. WCOOP is now only a month away, with plenty of cause to get excited. Check out the WCOOP homepage to see why.
In the meantime good luck to all players, whether you're over in Manila, down in Bristol or ready to grind the weekend away. As always your comments are welcome to the Blog. Find us on Twitter @PokerStarsBlog.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.