Five things not to miss on PokerStars this weekend
As we head into the weekend we take a look forward to, and back on, the top stories from the PokerStars world.
1. Fifth anniversary of a perfect (Sunday) Storm
Let's start with the weekend's priorities, and the fifth anniversary of the Sunday Storm, or to put it another way, the most cost effective way of earnings a $100,000 payday this weekend.
There's $1 million in the prize pool guaranteed with things kicking off at 13:30 ET this Sunday April 17. And did we mention this was all yours for a mere $11?
What's more there's a subtle change to celebrate the fifth year. If you bust out before late registration ends (that's 15:30 ET) you can re-enter all over again.
Then there's the even better scenario of winning one of the 2,000 seats guaranteed in featured satellites on Sunday, costing as little as $0.11. Search "Storm" in the tournament filter not to get registered.
For all the details go to the Sunday Storm Fifth Anniversary homepage.
2. Huge numbers and "cards up" at Monaco
I don't know if you've heard, but we're having a little get together in Monaco later this month. We'd love it if you could make it.
We have plenty of space at our little Riviera bolt-hole known as the Monte Carlo Bay Resort & Casino and we're laying on 11 days of poker to fill the time between beautiful Mediterranean mornings (whether you've slept a lot), and mild and memorable evenings.
In short we're expecting a good crowd of like-minded people, and about 80 different ways to make it a rewarding trip.
Talking of which, check out the latest EPT Not Live podcast...
"After reading a few random tweets, and working their way through some suggestions for grandparent names for Joe's mum and dad, the boys "Activate the HOLPOPE!" Neil Johnson is on the show to discuss a BIG change to #EPTLive in Monaco (the interview/announcement starts at around the 15-minute mark). James and Joe recap their weekend playing the UKIPT London Cup at the Hippodrome, with some fun stories and interesting hand histories, and Joe talks about his deep run in a tournament on PokerStars NJ in a genuine edition of 'Adventures in Online Poker'. There's a quick review of the last EPT 11 Grand Final TV show. And Zuly Bonilla from NYC competes for some "Chop Pot" goodies in a highbrow edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes'. #EPTNotLive"
3. One word: SCOOP
That's this month. But this week we looked to next month also, and the release of the SCOOP 2016 schedule. It's what May is all about.
This year there are 55 events, each with three levels of entry (a total of 165 tournaments), running May 8 to 22, 2016. Amid that you'll find all manner of events, suiting all conceivable bankrolls. That means SCOOP is for you, whether you're a high rolling pro, an aspiring improver, or a recreational dreamer.
Here are a few of the highlights:
* 13 events featuring at least a $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
* A $1 million (Low), $2 million (Medium) and $4 million (high) guaranteed three-day Main Event, with buy ins of $100, $1,000 and $10,000 respectively.
* A combined $40 million in guaranteed prize money across 165 tournaments.
As in previous years there will be three SCOOP Leader Boards, one for each level, plus an additional Overall winner, with cash, trophies and WCOOP tickets to be won. Find all the details on the SCOOP leader board homepage. If you have any other questions about this year's Championship, you'll likely you're your answer on the SCOOP FAQs.
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4. Surfer finds $350K on Everest
We got a great story out of the first running of the Mountain Series. If you're not familiar with how it worked, it ran for four days across last weekend, with tournaments named after different mountains from around the world - the higher the mountain the higher the buy-in.
Logically this meant the Series ended atop Mount Everest, where Costa Rican pro Federico "majagua69" Quevedo, a 32 year old surfing fanatic, won $350,280, the highest amount ever won by a Costa Rican player online.
We wrote up the story on the PokerStars Blog, which you can read here. And if you don't read it at least stop by to see some great pictures, a bit like this one:
5. A bad hand, a bad swing, it's all the same thing
Does poker have a spiritual cousin in the sporting world? Some of us think so, and that cousin's name is golf.
Last weekend at the Augusta National the Masters golf concluded in dramatic fashion, with one ten minute period spelling the end of Jordan Spieth's title claims. Ten minutes, with four shots from an otherwise immaculate four days of play.
Does that sound a bit like tournament poker? Days of great poker ruined by a bad hand, often owing to circumstances out of your control?
Read the article and find out why as a poker player you're really just a golfer playing Amen Corner at the Masters.
Good luck at the tables this weekend, particularly if you're in the Sunday Storm or looking for a last minute invitation to our little gathering in Monaco. As always send your comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.