With the Olympics over and done with, the attention is back on to poker in a big way, and what a way to bring it back to the forefront, with PokerStars offering up a couple of treats this month.
First up is the PokerStars European Poker Tour, which is combining with the Estrellas Poker Tour to produce a series of superb high profile tournaments. The host for the joint event is the Casino De Barcelona, with the action having already kicked off yesterday, with it going right through until the 25th.
The PokerStars EPT however will stage its main event on the 19th of August; this will be the 5,300 euro buy-in. In the same event last year the eventual winner Martin Schleich walked away with 850,000 Euros.
For the ultimate poker experience though, there will be an extreme high roller event with a 50,000 euro buy-in, this begins on the 17th of August, this large buy-in has made the tournament classed as a super high roller event, which means it is now eligible for television coverage.
There will also be a PokerStars EPT 10,300 Euro buy-in event going on for two days, this starts on the 23rd of August with the promise of some of the best players from around the world attending. Then to top everything off, there is a 10k heads up event beginning on the 22nd.
PokerStars World Cup of Poker
In addition to the EPT, PokerStars will be starting the WCOP where players will be able to represent their countries in a poker tournament.
It works by allowing players to qualify online for as little as $2.20, each plays in a heads up format. Each player gets categorized by their country and each score goes towards the national scores. The final is the determined by the country that is at the top of each group.
The four top players from each of those countries will then qualify for the live final which is to be held in the Caribbean. Each team will be spearheaded by one of the PokerStars Team Pro members. The event will be the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and it will be held in January 2013.
For anyone thinking that the smaller poker nations stand no chance, you just have to look at last year when Peru was the eventual winners. The Netherlands came in second with the Japanese settling for third place, there were no Americans, Germans, British or Irish to contend with.
Peru shared a healthy $90,000 between them which worked out at around $22,500 each. So as you can see, it certainly was worth the effort.