Of course it's not always like that - most of the time, players and media alike are spending late nights indoors walking threadbare carpets in shabby casinos on the outskirts of the forgotten industrial centers of America, and there is very little romantic about Omaha, Neb., in the dead of winter. Oftentimes, life in the world of pro poker is nothing so much as it is a grind, with long hours and lonely roads and media members indulging themselves with pity parties. This is not one of those times.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm in Monte Carlo right now, and it's just as glamorous as it sounds. The European Poker Tour has landed in Monaco for the third annual €10,000 Grand Final, and for the next six days some of the biggest Max Pescatori, Thomas Wahlroos, Mark Vos, Josh Arieh, Greg Raymer and Harry Demetriou are all lurking near the top of the bracket.
Day 1b will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m., and will progress through seven levels of play including a very strange and stuttered dinner break scheme. It was a late night tonight and it will be just as late tomorrow, but PokerListings.com is willing to put tournament updates before sleep, and you had better believe we'll be holding it down with the best live coverage in the business. Get up early and stay fixed all day; you need this more than sleep.