Five things from the week in PokerStars
Five things from this week on PokerStars.
Curtain drops on EPT Barcelona
After all the build-up, the EPT Barcelona festival has come to a close. It ended with an incredible finale, one that may well make Sebastian Malec one of the most memorable of EPT winners, even as the PokerStars Championship dawns.
Malec managed to turn €27 into more than €1.2 million last weekend. But it wasn't just what he did that impressed people, but how he did it, including one of the most memorable last hands of a Main Event we can remember, which you can watch here.
Alongside the Main Event ran multiple record breaking side events, everything from the PokerStars Cup (with upwards of 3,000 players), to a Super High Roller, and an EPT High Roller with more than 600 players - another record.
At last! WCOOP starts on Sunday
The best live poker action now gives way to the best online action, with the start of the World Championship of Online Poker this weekend.
Over the best part of a month they'll be 82 events on the schedule and a guaranteed prize pool of $50 million for the Championship.
The series runs from September 4-26 with the Main Event starting on Sunday, September 25 with an eye-watering $10,000,000 guarantee. That makes it one of the richest poker tournaments of the year.
Check out the details on the Blog.
This week's Top 5
Another Top 5 video for you this week, this time looking at poker rivalries. Needless to say there are a couple of doozies, but it's Tony G who steals the show who, as we point out here, could nurture a rivalry in a one man band.
Check out the video below.
The latest from #EPTNotLive
The latest episode of the #EPTNotLive podcast is now available. Here's a word from the team, which includes a "special performance" of the final hand of the EPT Barcelona Main Event.
"It's a three-way, as Matt joins James and Joe for the second consecutive week. The boys talk about the closing stages of the record-breaking EPT 13 Barcelona festival and their subsequent journeys home. There's a recap of the Main Event final table, including a dramatic re-creation of the epic final hand, plus behind-the-scenes stories involving handshakes (one unwelcome, the other avoided).
"Joe talks about meeting some Superfans at a recent comedy gig in London, but, sadly, there's no 'Superfan vs Stapes' this week, due to the indisposition of a long-time listener.
"Finally, some of your suggestions for a new name for the podcast are considered, and mostly rejected. But please keep them coming (there's an incentive!), along with your Superfan applications. #EPTNotLive."
Click here for the latest episode.
Are you really going to miss the UKIPT Super Series?
How does this sound for a weekend plan starting in about two or three hours from now?
Finish work - eat something - go to the Hippodrome - play D1C of the UKIPT Super Series (turbo format, starting at 10pm) - bag up chips - go home - sleep - wake up - go to the Hippodrome - play D2 - bag up a lot of chips - go home - sleep - wake up - go to the Hippodrome - win the final table! - have a drink - have another drink (make it champagne this time) - go home - sleep - skip work?
The UKIPT Super Series is underway, with Day 1B already in play. Day 1C however starts tonight at 10pm, meaning if you're in or around London there no reason to feel you have to skip it (you can even get the 24 hour London Underground home).
It's a great event, held at London's premier poker destination. It might also just change your entire weekend. What's more we have live updates on the PokerStars Blog for the duration.
That's another week in the books. Good luck to everyone playing on PokerStars this weekend, whether that's in London or online for the start of WCOOP. Send your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.