Many well-known poker players will be logging plenty of miles in January as there is a full slate coming up of popular live poker events.
First off we have the 2008 PCA which will be getting underway in just a few hours. The EPT event will run from January 5th until January 10th. The event, which is sponsored by Pokerstars, is extremely popular with many players because of the low minimum age requirement to play in the event (18) and the locale (Bahamas). Many of your favorite online poker players will be playing at this event due to qualifying online at Pokerstars. Ryan Daut won the event last year, taking down just over $1.5 million dollars for his victory.
The next event on the schedule is the Aussie Millions. Preliminary events for the Aussie Millions have already started, however the main event will begin on January 14th and run until the 20th. Last year the event was won by Gus Hansen, which Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke coming in second. Another popular event is the $100k NLHE tournament on January 12th which features some of the very best poker players in the world. Last year the event was won by Erick Lindgren.
Then on January 20th, the 2008 World Poker Open main event begins and runs until January 23rd. This is a WPT event and is taking place at the Gold Strike Hotel and Casino. Last year featured an absolutely stacked final table that included the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Kido Pham and J.C. Tran. Bryan Sumner ended up taking down the event for $913k, with Negreanu finishing second for $502k.
Lastly we have the 2008 WSOPC event at the Grande Casino in Tunica which starts on January 19th and finishes on January 21st. Dennis Perry won this same event in January of last year, taking down over $563k for his win. Gioi Luong finished second for $290k, and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi finished in 6th, earning $90k. The main event this year has a buy-in of $7500 + $200.
Then after these events end, we have the EPT Germany which takes place in late January and stretches into February, and the EPT Copenhagen which starts in the second half of February.
If you are wondering why some of your favorites players aren't online as much in January and February, it is probably because they are travelling / playing live poker / having the times of their lives. Best of luck to everyone in these events.
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