Driven insane by our compulsive need to write live updates each member of the PL.com team has coped in their own way. Personally I've stooped to covering games of hopscotch and kick-ball at the local elementary school and updating my live blog on the classroom chalkboard, complete with stick-figure images in place of our usual high-quality photography.
Luckily for all of us it won't be long before we're back on the road. Next week will see the PL.com crew split up into three separate groups and say goodbye, for the time being, as we make our way to three separate spots on the globe.
While there is certainly something to be said for Copenhagen, scene of the upcoming EPT Scandinavian Open, and Los Angeles, home to the massively stacked WPT L.A. Poker Classic, the real place to be next week is Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Sure, the buy-in may be lower and there probably won't be quite as many big names in Iowa, but Council Bluffs has something neither California nor Denmark can boast. Snow! Oh wait, Denmark has that. Well maybe Iowa doesn't have anything on these two other locations but there's a tournament there and we're going anyway.
The most stalwart and durable member of the PL.com posse, Arthur Crowson, seen here jumping for joy at the prospect of going to Iowa, will be living every reporter's dream and traveling to the Hawkeye State.
For the record we are the only live reporting team in the game with the dedication to cover the WSOP Circuit in addition to the WPT and EPT. After all, poker's not just about huge paydays and big-name pros. It's also about the small stakes, the unknowns who dream of winning it all. The bad beats and the pocket kings we sometimes have the sense to fold. At least that's what I gather from the FullTilt commercials I keep seeing.
While part of the PL.com team gets to go to exotic locales, such as Iowa, others are forced to settle for destinations a little more mundane. The next stop on the European Poker Tour is Copenhagen, Denmark, which means we'll be hopping a transoceanic flight to bring you the action.
In addition to the EPT Scandinavian Open there's another reason for this trip. The night before Day 1a PokerStars is hosting the second annual Scandinavian Poker Awards at the swank Vega nightclub in the heart of the city. So in addition to live coverage of the EPT main event you'll also get a firsthand look at what's guaranteed to be a night to remember.
It's no secret that Scandinavians take their poker seriously, as evidenced by the sold-out 460-person capacity at this tournament. Plenty of big-name PokerStars players will be on hand to try to follow in ElkY's footsteps by keeping another EPT title in the PokerStars family. The official prize pool has yet to be announced but it looks to be nearly €3 million, a record for poker tournaments held in Scandinavia. Make sure to hit us up starting on Feb. 19 and keep it locked until the final table on the 23rd.
Starting on the same day as the Scandinavian Open final table, albeit all the way back across the water in California, is the Los Angeles Poker Classic, one of the biggest stops on the World Poker Tour. Last year the LAPC drew an astonishing 791 runners, each contributing their $10k buy-in to build a total prize pool of more than $7.5 million. Season 5 Player of the Year J.C. Tran came excruciatingly close to taking his first WPT title, something he accomplished at the very next stop on the tour, and newcomer Eric Hershler laid claim to almost $2.5 million for his first-place finish.
Coupled with this main event is the always-entertaining WPT Invitational which sees an amusing array of poker pros and Hollywood celebrities mix it up on the felt. Last year we watched the likes of Paris and Nikki Hilton show us how it's done so make sure to set aside a few minutes March 1-3 to check it out.
With our week of rest almost over we're making the final preparations for the trips outlined above. The batteries are charged, both ours and our camera's, the pencils are sharpened and our notebooks are open to the newest blank page. If it's live tournament coverage you're looking for you'd be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive source or a more committed team of reporters. Come see for yourself.