EPT9 Barcelona: PokerStars women take their seats
August is a great time to visit Barcelona. Stroll away from Casino Barcelona and you'll find a beach packed with tourists enjoying a city break in the sun. The sand is inviting, the sea is warm, the bars are tempting, and there are racks of red and white bikes for hire if you feel like peddling off on a sightseeing trip.
The EPT tournament room is proving another popular Barcelona attraction. Thousands of people have chosen to see the sights of this fine poker festival. There are iPad mobile games to try, PokerStars VIP Store goodies to peruse, and of course a full schedule of side events to keep any poker player happy, without needing to apply sun cream.
The PokerStars Women tournament hits the festival today, play having just got under way with the information screen announcing EPT9 #3 Women's Event is made up of 30 players competing for €15,000 in prizes. Registration is open for four more levels and many latecomers are seeking their seats. We expect that number to be closer to 50 by the time registration closes. The tourney brings together women from all over the world with 15 women qualifying online at PokerStars. Players from Canada, Greece, Luxemburg, Bulgaria, Croatia, Sweden and the UK are among those winning seats.
One of these qualifiers is Jan 'jarmjars69' Combes from Winchester, UK. Jan was the winner of the PokerStars Women EPT London tourney back in September and is something of a 'serial qualifier' having won seats in PokerStars Women Live events four times, in London, Madrid, PCA in the Bahamas, and Monte Carlo. Jan made the final table last time around in Monte Carlo. We'll see if she can do it again.
Sonja 'afroditaluna' Kovac is another player with recent form to earn her a 'one to watch' badge. The actress and model from Croatia won the Micro Millions 6-max shootout a few weeks ago, and qualified for this event in a €22 satellite.
Claudia 'Dasultanz' Csongei is another player whose name might be familiar to readers of PokerStars Women's blog. Claudia was the European winner of the Women's Poker League in 2010 and the player from Luxembourg has been mentioned as a Women's Sunday final tablist many times.
A glance around this Barcelona tourney room suggests women's poker is doing rather well. It's a room full of serious competitors, chatting and smiling as they play, these serious poker competitors know how to add fun and friendship to the mix.