Amidst the flurry of huge money being doled out online, there haven’t been many huge tournaments going down live, save for some of the side events at the L.A. Poker Classic series. However, there are many shots at big money in the upcoming weeks, as the World Series of Poker Circuit makes a stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the European Poker Tour Scandinavian Open which begins tomorrow, and runs until February 23rd.
At the L.A. Poker Classic, some well known players have been making a splash. Event 18, a $2.5k freezeout, was won by Vivek “Psyduck” Rajkumar, a prolific online and live player. He made $113k for his finish. Also at the final table was Dutch Boyd in 3rd, Toto Leonidas in 4th, and Brandon Cantu in 6th. Event 19, a $1k freeze, was final tabled by Adam Geyer, who finished second for $43,150. Geyer, not exactly well known live, is definitely well known online. Known as “csimmsux” online, he took down the $2.5k, 2 day event in FTOPS 7, just this past Saturday for over $488k. Already with a prior FTOPS V Omaha event win under his belt, this was most impressive. Event 21, a $500 Tag Team event, was won by Craig “MrCasino” Gray, and Jordan “Octavian_C” Rich, for $33,640. Also taking third in this event was the team of Aaron “Quassi” Marsh and Jeff “jeffebeesdat” Gray. Cody “thugmoneymkr” Slaubaugh won the latest $2.5k event, for a bit over $100k. Slaubaugh frequents the high stakes tourneys online. Joining him at the final table were Roy “The Oracle” Winston, and surprise surprise, David Pham. This series is definitely picking up steam, with the $10k World Poker Tour Main Event beginning on Saturday, and culminating on Thursday, February 28th.
Getting underway tomorrow will be the EPT Scandinavian Open at the Casino Copenhagen in Denmark. A roughly $11k U.S. buy in, this event will run until Saturday. After this, there are only two more EPT stops before the EPT Season 4 Main Event in Monte Carlo! With a roughly $20k U.S. buy in, it’s a tournament that’s sure to attract big names from all over the world. Before that, are stops in Poland in early March, and Italy in early April.
The WSOP Circuit stop in Council Bluffs began yesterday. There are sixteen events leading up to the $5k Main Event that begins on February 25th. Along with those are numerous satellites to the Main Event, and 2nd chance events.
Good luck to everyone in the next week, and take a look next week for tournament updates!