On The World Circuit: Grinders Flock to EPT & WPT Prague – What’s Left in 2011

Grinding at WPT Prague
Grinding at WPT Prague

With the holidays just around the corner and the 2011 calendar flipping to it’s last page, Canada’s more serious tournament grinders have just a couple of stops outside North America left to score big in or climb the leader boards; starting with a double-header of Main Events in the form of both a World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour stops will both take place in the Czech Republic city of Prague over December’s first week.

A few days consisting of 4 super-satellites have closed off November at the Corinthia Casino and lead into the 2PM start for Day 1A WPT Prague €3200+€300 Main Event, with a Day 1B scheduled for the same start time on Friday.

The tournament is scheduled to take until December 5th to crown it’s newest champion and it appears this is the first time the WPT has had Prague on it’s schedule.

Those that fall short of Monday’s final table won’t have to wait long or travel far to get back into the game; the €5000+€300 EPT Prague Main Event Day 1A starts at noon of the same day the WPT’s is wrapping up. Last year more than 560 players had entered after the completion of both starting days, building a generous prize-pool with a top prize of €640,000 ($875,670 CAD).

Besides the No Limit Hold’em Main Event, 20 other events ranging in buy-ins as low as €100+€20 all the way up to €10,000+€300; Turbo/Hyper, Pot Limit Omaha, PLO/NLH, Women’s, Heads Up and 6-Max are just a few of the tourney variations that will be offered and enjoyed until things wrap up on Saturday December 10th.

For those that still don’t feel like heading home, CardRunners Instructor Mike “Timex” McDonald has been putting it out there that he will be “hosting a tourney seminar in Vienna from Dec 11th-13th with Johannes Strassmann, Martin Jacobson and Michael Tureniec” adding, “It’s just a few hour drive from Prague and begins as soon as EPT Prague is finished.”

For more details, shoot McDonald your questions on Twitter;@MikeMcDonald89

Simon Charette at the 2011 WSOP
Simon Charette at the 2011 WSOP

It looks like Simon Charette, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike McDonald, Christopher “d0r1t0s” McClung and Mike Watson are just a few of our Canadian big names to cheer on over the next few days; so far only Mr. Simon “pokerbrat13” has reported any success, shipping the WPT satellite…oh, and he’s looking for bananas if anybody has any leads…

After this, only the $10,000+$300 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio from December 6th-11th, WPT Venice €3000+€300 from December 13th-18th and the Epic Poker League $20,000 “Mix-Max” event from December 14th-18th remain for “Major Tournament” stops for 2011.

The “Mix-Max” should provide the players with a bit of a relieving change; Day 1 plays 8-Max, Day 2 is 7-Max, Day 3 brings it down to 6-Max, it’s a maximum of 4 players per table for Day 4 and finally, the last two players will use whatever chips they have accumulated in a best 2 out of 3 format. Chips rest to those stacks for the first two games and should a “rubber” match be needed and force game three both players will play the deciding match with even starting stacks. Those that think this sounds like a ton of fun and want a much cheaper shot might want to check out the 2012 LA Poker Classic XX.

The progressively challenging table structure seems to have evolved from the 2011 WSOPE Split Format, which and was definitely well received by players.

Look for more updates to come as we wind down to 2012; as well as a few recaps of the best (and worst) of Canadian poker over 2011.

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35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


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