EPT Monte Carlo: PokerStars Player Lounge

There's exclusive and then there is really exclusive.

Getting to Monte Carlo to play in the PokerStars EPT Grand Final is an accomplishment in itself. The buy-in alone is enough to make this tournament among the most exclusive in the world. Here, though, among the elite players in the field, there is a certain place only a select group can go.

The PokerStars Player Lounge is open only to those folks who have made their way here through PokerStars. A quick walk though the room (outfitted with cold drinks, plasma TVs, cames, and soft leather seats) is a bit surreal.

In the corner, Daniel Negreanu is beseeching his Wii controller.

"Why won't it get over?" he shouts as his Wii bowling ball misses a strike by seven pins. Within seconds, he blames himself. "It's me," he admits.

Just a few feet away, Joe Hachem sits heads up in a Battleship Poker match. Just beyond that, Chis Moneymaker is tense and he battles all comers in a fooseball match.

If you're a PokerStars player here in Monte Carlo, feel free to come on down for a cold drink or a chat with a member of Team PokerStars Pro. You'll be greeted by these lovely ladies, Pip and Beatrice.

For more of a look around Monte Carlo and a few words from Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Rahme, check out the latest video blog.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in European Poker Tour