Tuesday, August 11, 2009

PokerStars Odds and Ends with WCOOP Incoming

PokerStars weekly round-up: 11 August 2009A new WCOOP CoupWith the start of the World Championship of Online Poker just weeks away on PokerStars.com (http://www.pokerstars.com) where better to enjoy the buildup and plan your own WCOOP campaign than on the new website www.wcoop.com (http://www.wcoop.com) created by PokerStars as a platform for all the news,coverage and results of this year’s series.

You can also enjoy the recaps onlast year’s events including interviews with Shaun Deeb and Carter King via PokerStars.tv ahead of highlights shows hosted by David Tuckman and Nick Wealthall. Needless to say all this can be done from the comfort of your own home so check out wcoop.com (http://www.wcoop.com) for the latest.

Kiev a week away If you want to get out and about a bit before buckling down to four weeks ofWCOOP (http://www.wcoop.com) action indoors then why not dust off yourUkrainian and head east to Kiev and the start of season six of the mighty European Poker Tour (http://www.ept.com). As the world’s leading poker tourthe EPT enters its new seasons with new destinations and innovations instore, the first of which being the opening event. Despite the disappointingcancellation of Moscow, Kiev is set to host a record breaking debut event onthe banks of the Dnieper at the Kiev Sports Palace. Team PokerStars Pros,PokerStars qualifiers and the best of world poker have already booked their seats for the start next week. All the action will be reported on thePokerStars blog (http://www.pokerstarsblog.com) with video reports onPokerStars.tv (http://www.pokerstars.tv).

MACAU in August

If you prefer things a little more Oriental then head south, way south, tothe PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour (http://www.appt.com) which beginsits third season in Macau on August 25th. Last year season two proved to bea massive success with 1,772 players creating nearly $5 million in prize money. With stops in Seoul, Auckland, the Philippines and Sydney to come this year the third incarnation is unlikely to disappoint with bigger fieldsand bigger prize pools on the way. Check out the APPT webpage (http://www.appt.com) for details of last year and what’s in store forseason three as well as how to win your seat.

Americas Cup

It attracted more than 35,000 players and now the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker (http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/americas-cup/) is in full swing with the event favourites taking a commanding lead. The tournamentthrows countries from North and South America together in a battle for bigmoney and bragging rights as well as a chance to win a trip to Patagonia in Argentina for a live final in September, a trip that demands you pack theskis. Early group stages saw the USA and Mexico dominate, as did Canada and Columbia, Argentina and Brazil. The situation in Group C remains tightbetween Costa Rica, Chile, Venezuela and Peru. Full details of that scrap and all the others can be found on the results page(http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/americas-cup/country-rankings/).

ANZPT winner

The first season of the Australia-New Zealand Poker Tour (http://wwwanzpt.com) played out the grandest of finales last week. Thehugely successful down under tour began in Adelaide back in February,swinging through Sydney, Melbourne, Queenstown in New Zealand bestowinghundreds of thousands of dollars on players from across the region, before drawing to a close in Queensland.

That’s where 21-year-old PokerStars qualifier Scott Kerr from New South Wales, won the first grand final title(http://www.pokerstarsblog.com/anzpt/2009/anzpt-queensland-kerrs-win-caps-a-memora-055283.html) and AUD$168,075. The 249 players in Queensl and added to a tour total of1,309 (334 winning their seats in PokerStars) and a combined prize pool ofnearly AUD$3 million in the first season. PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem was named the first ANZPT Player of the Year having cashed in four events. Eyes are already looking towards season two which PokerStars has confirmed starts in Adelaide next February.

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