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Casino Poker Report - Busy Poker February on Tap with LAPC and Vegas NAPT Stop

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The first month of 2010 wasted no time kicking off numerous tournament series and hosting some of the biggest main events in the world, like the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions. The European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour both made stops in the midst of their seasons, and some of the most popular U.S. series kicked off with the L.A. Poker Classic and Borgata Winter Poker Open. And with poker players back in travel mode and excited about the new poker year, February will not disappoint. Whether staying in the U.S. or longing for destinations like Denmark or Uruguay, there are options galore.

WSOP Circuit - Tunica (January 20 - February 11) & Council Bluffs (February 18 - March 2):

The first major main event of the month will take place as the World Series of Poker Circuit brings its series of tournaments to a close with the WSOP-C championship event. The series continues with preliminary events at Harrah’s in Tunica, Mississippi, and culminates in the $5,150 Main Event that starts on February 8 and runs for three days. With the WSOP staff on hand to run the event with all of the professionalism they bring to the World Series at the Rio each summer, players are known to flock to the Circuit events for the same type of event and WSOP glory.

Continuing on with the WSOP-C, players can then travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa where the Horseshoe Casino will begin hosting its preliminary events for the tour stop. February 18th kicks off the action with a $345 no-limit hold’em event, and the series continues with 24 events in all, including the March 2 Main Event.

PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour Adelaide (February 2 - 14):

The long-awaited return of the ANZPT has finally arrived. After a very successful first season that wrapped in July of 2009 with Daniel Chevalier grabbing the grand finale victory, Season 2 is prepared to kick off in the beautiful city of Adelaide in Australia. Though players will likely fly in from all over the world for the tournament, the majority of players are locals and look forward to the ANZPT as their personal tour of choice.

The series of tournaments begins February 2 and spans thirteen days, including PLO to bounty freezeouts to a charity tournament. And on February 9, players will gather for the first of three starting days of the AUD$3,000 Main Event that will culminate in a final table on February 14. The field is reported to be capped at 360 for the event, so seats will be at a premium at the Sky Adelaide Casino.

PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour Manchester (February 11 - 14):

With so much success in other areas of the world, it was not much of a surprise when PokerStars announced the addition of a new tour to the global schedule with the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). Poker thrives in England, whether live or online, and players were anxious for a tour that gave them numerous options and for tournaments, buy-ins, and venues. The UKIPT kicked off in December with a Galway, Ireland stop, which was won by Padraig Parkinson. And after a brief holiday break, the second stop nears.

The G Casino in Manchester, England will be the home of the second leg of the UKIPT. Side games will be offered, but the main attraction will be the £500 + £50 Main Event with a £100K guaranteed prize pool. Registration promises to be capped at 300 players for the two-day starting event that will run from February 11 to 14, and with such an affordable buy-in compared to most major tournaments around the world, players are likely to be clamoring for seats.

PokerStars European Poker Tour Copenhagen (February 16 - 21):

More than halfway through the sixth season of the European Poker Tour, players from all over the world will descend upon Copenhagen, Denmark for the EPT stop in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Last year, there were 462 players in contention for the coveted EPT title, but it was 19-year old Jens Kyllonen who came out on top to grab €878,057 in prize money. With record-setting fields in many cities on the Season 6 tour, there is no way to predict how many will set their sights on Copenhagen this year. It will also be the scene of the Nordic Poker Awards, which will honor the region’s top poker pros.

The Casino Copenhagen will host the Main Event, which will require a 37,250 DKK buy-in, which is the local currency, along with some other side events for no-limit hold’em poker fans. The first of two starting days will be on February 16, and the final table will play to the winner on the 21st.

PokerStars North American Poker Tour Las Vegas (February 20 - 24):

This tour was a long time in the making, and it was announced at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that the first stop on the newly formed North American Poker Tour (NAPT) was right there in the Bahamas. And with Season 1 already in the books with the PCA as its launch, the next stop would prove its popularity. Thus, organizers partnered with the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas to present the Main Event of the already popular Deep Stack Extravaganza tournament series.

The series began on January 29, and the preliminary events will run through the 19th of February, as the Main Event will then kick off on February 20 with the final table set for the 24th.  The $5,000 NAPT tournament will be surrounded by the last of the preliminary tournaments, satellites, the PokerStars welcome party, and satellites running up until the start of the Main Event. It will be filmed for later broadcast on television, which has yet to be announced, and players are likely to come out in force to show support for the first NAPT event on U.S. soil.

L.A. Poker Classic (January 21 - March 4):

The massive series of tournaments that has become the LAPC literally brings players from the world over to experience the 50-plus events run by tournament director Matt Savage. The variety of events already in progress finds everything from HORSE to Badugi, from a $10K heads-up tournament to an Ironman event, and a Chinese poker tournament to the $25K high roller event. The first tournament alone offered a $1 million guarantee for the low buy-in of $335 and allowed players to buy in on each of the four starting days if they chose. In the end, there were 5,847 entries and a whopping $1,683,936 prize pool for the players.

The action is serious at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, but it will become even more intense when the World Poker Tour descends on the facility for two events later in February. The first to start will be the WPT Invitational, which is mostly attended by celebrities and pro poker players, though this year some of the LAPC preliminary winners will be in attendance because seats were given with their prize money. The Invitational will have a charity focus as it gets underway on February 20. But after the second day of action on the 21st, the final table players will get a significant break before returning to play for the win on March 3.

And no LAPC series would be complete without the World Poker Tour Main Event, which will offer players the chance for a WPT title for the buy-in of $10K. Last year, it was Cornel Cimpan who beat out 695 other players to grab nearly $1.7 million. Record fields have been had at the LAPC Main Event in years past, and with the ever-growing popularity of the series and Savage-run events, there is no telling what this year’s tournament will bring. Action starts on February 26 and will culminate in a final table on March 4.

PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Punta del Este (February 24 - 27):

Serious success has been had by the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), thus the launch of Season 3 in November of 2009. With a break for holidays, the second stop of the season is on the horizon with the promise of the luxurious oceanside resort town of Punta del Este in Uruguay. The 2009 stop brought 327 players and ultimately saw Karl Hevroy defeat them all to take home the equivalent of $283,500 for the accomplishment.

The $3,500 buy-in tournament is set to kick off on February 24 and run through the 27th, at which point a new champion will be crowned. Side events and other details have yet to be announced, though it is reported that there is a 350-player cap on the event. With poker growing so rapidly across the Latin American countries, the hemisphere anxiously awaits another opportunity to play in an LAPT event.

PokerStars Italian Poker Tour San Remo (February 25 - March 1):

Lastly for the month of February, the Italian Poker Tour (IPT) presents another stop on its whirlwind first season. The third to last stop of the tour brings the action back to the ever popular northern city of San Remo and the Casino San Remo. Already, the several Season 1 tournaments in San Remo have resulted in more than €1.6 million in prize pools, so it looks as if the upcoming €2,200 buy-in event will be another full house, especially with the awareness of the 500-player cap. Action begins on February 25 with two starting days and runs through the final table playdown on March 1.

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