Still time to make those Monte Carlo dreams come true

ept-thumb-promo.jpgThe PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is underway in Monaco, but there's still time to register for the glitz and glamor of the PokerStars Women Live tournament. PokerStars Women will be hosting the premier women's event of the year in Monaco. The two-day €1,000 event begins on Monday, April 30. If you haven't registered already, now is the time to finalize those plans for your trip and get packing for the trip of a lifetime. Registration is still available online and at the event, providing plenty of time to shop, pack, and even get a spray tan!


The Grand Casino

But for several satellite winners, most of that is behind them, and all they have to do now is wait for the days to pass until their departure. They are booked into their hotels and registered to play. As winners of a PokerStars Women Live package they have their hotel and tournament buy-in paid; they even have €500 to burn as part of the loot from the package. Now all they have to do now is wait. And the waiting can be hard when you've got a trip planned like this one.

Just ask Denisa Kurucova. Denisa, from Slovakia, will be attending the Grand Final event as her first major live tournament. She says that she was "thrilled, surprised," and even had a "small fear" of playing such a big tournament. But then she quickly moved on to doing her version of a happy dance with her boyfriend, who is also a poker player. She couldn't keep the news to herself though, so when the dancing was over she called family and friends to give them the good news. Denisa (screen name Bambula271) says the news is spreading fast as they wish her well and congratulate her on her victory.
Denisa, who is 25, says she got lucky in a key hand when her JJ made a set on the flop against her opponent's QQ. From there on it was sweet success. She is looking forward to playing lots of poker and exploring the city, if time allows.

Yuresky Rojas Rincon, age 27, is looking forward to her first women's live event as she plans her trip with her boyfriend, Ben "KidCardiff" Warrington (a very successful online player) and her sister, who is coming all the way from Switzerland to support her. Yura (screen name Rojas444) is from Colombia originally, but has lived in Spain for the last few years. She played the women's EPT event last year in Prague and says she gained some valuable experience, but she credits her boyfriend with teaching her many of the skills that contributed to her win. "I have watched him play for ages now, and he helps me to critically analyze situations that are likely to occur." Ben will be playing in the Main Event having won his package three days after hers, rounding out what sounds like a very good week. "That was a celebration week . . . just awesome!" she commented.
There was no screaming or dancing when she won however, actually it was just the opposite. She reports that she was "just paralyzed" and remained staring at the screen for a few moments in surprise. Finally, she told Ben, "You have to see this!" After she recovered, she shared the good news with her friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

Yura and Ben plan to see the city and "take loads of pictures" and "just enjoy the experience."

Yura and Denisa will be just two of the interesting women to play this year's event, so don't miss the opportunity to chat with them and our other satellite players and pros at the event. For more information on other players profiled see this post. For more details on the event, see the PokerStars Women home page.

Rebekah Mercer
@PokerStars in PS Women