Weekend checklist: Sochi, Marbella, Barcelona, Macau, and on and on

Depending on where you live in the world, this could very well be a long weekend, one that will stretch past your inevitable early weekend on Friday, your normal Saturday, and the dreaded Sunday night. You might find yourself asking--especially if you have Monday off--what in the world you are going to do with the extra time. Friends, we have a list. A long list. A list longer than the weekend. It's the best list. The best. It's great. It's so good, you're not even going to be able to to do it all.

So, here you go:


Our men in Sochi had to work very hard to even get there. They are providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event. Today is Day 1B of the Main Event, which means you can get full coverage of the Championship whenever you want by clicking right here.


But that's none of Vlad's business...


Couldn't quiet secure that last-minute visa to Sochi? No worries. If you're anywhere near London, you can give the PokerStars London Series a run. It's already up and running and will last through the weekend. Need more details? Grab them right here.


Maybe you already have weekend plans. Good on you! That shouldn't stop you from planning ahead for the rest of the year. Could we suggest...

PokerStars Championship Barcelona...the dates and schedule for which were released this week?

Or perhaps the PokerStars Festival Marbella which is happening even sooner?

If the Iberian peninsula isn't your thing, perhaps you should consider the Manila Megastack later this month or the Macau Poker Cup in August?

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Red Dragon! Red Dragon!

Or if you want to plan way, way ahead...how about Prague? Yep. We now have those details at the PokerStars Championship Prague page right here.

If you can't find something there you like, we're not going to be able to help today. Maybe take up knitting. We hear it can be very relaxing.

Or if you prefer to not be relaxed, consider the possible conspiracy of this map-making wizardry.



The Spring Championship of Online Poker is finished for the year. The bean counters are still working out a few details with the leader board, but let this be known: SCOOP paid out nearly $94 million in prize money over the course of the series.

Ninety-four million! I mean, really. That's nuts.

It's also the biggest online tournament series in history. So it has that going for it. Which is nice.

If you want to see all of our coverage from the event, including Charlie Carrel's $1.2 million win, head on over to our SCOOP coverage section or our results page.



(Full disclosure: There are no barnacles.)

If that isn't enough for you, here are a few more items to keep your brain occupied over the next few days.

PokerStars Festival Chile is happening now. Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez has already won the High Roller, and the Main Event is going on now. We have coverage on our Latin American and Brazilian blogs.

Poker In the Ears is back with another episode and has a interview with Big Brother Canada winner Kevin Martin.

PokerStars launched Stars Rewards loyalty program in Denmark. The new program offers an exciting gaming experience which rewards players for their play across poker, casino and sports (where available) and promises personalized rewards tailored to the games they play, as well as the chance to win top prizes including $1,000 cash, 1,000,000 StarsCoin, or, for sports bettors, big bets for upcoming matches. Following the pilot in Denmark, Stars Rewards is due to be rolled out in other markets later this summer. You can read more about that here.

And if that isn't enough for you...well, have a good long weekend and then tell us on Twitter (@PokerStarsBlog) what we should tell you about next week!

is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.

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