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Busy week for poker world
The World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour go nearly head-to-head as each kicks off a tournament, one in Turks and Caicos tomorrow and the other today in London. The Asia Pacific tour will be throwing its hat in the ring at the end of the week as well with its tournament in Korea.
Starting with the EPT event in London, which is well into its first day of play due to the time difference, 179 players have anted up for Day 1a of the tournament. Among them are a few familiar faces.
A PokerListings.com favorite is also in attendance. After cashing in one of the World Series of Poker Europe events, it appears that Jimmy Fricke has decided to stick around in London for a little more poker action.
Katja Thater has already been eliminated from the event and won't be returning for Day 2, but there's plenty of other poker players to keep an eye on in the PokerListings.com Live Tournaments Section where Matt Showell is offering up the best live updates from the floor of the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London.
There's still another Day 1 to go as well with players able to sign up until 1 p.m. Sept. 26.
The WPT event in Turks and Caicos isn't having the same luck with turnout, so instead of starting with Day 1a today, it is giving players an extra day to enjoy the Caribbean sun and sand before spending the rest of their island vacation inside a poker room.
The $7,500 buy-in event has a guaranteed $1 million prize, $25,500 seat in the WPT World Championship and a diamond and gold bracelet for the winner.
It remains to be seen who will be in the Caribbean to take advantage of the prime vacation spot as well as the tournament. Owen Laukkanen will be sure to fill you in once he's done shaking the sand out of his shoes and has dragged himself back indoors at The Player's Club.
He'll be on the scene bringing the best live updates, reports, photos and more from the Caribbean when the tournament gets underway tomorrow. You can find his work in the WPT portion of the Live Tournaments Section.
We won't be live on the scene for the APPT Seoul event, but you can bet we'll still bring you as much news from the event as it becomes available starting Friday when the $2,500 tournament begins at the Sheraton Walkerhill in Seoul, South Korea.
According to the APPT Web site, 125 of the 250 players allowed for the event have signed up to play in the No-Limit Hold'em event already.
This is the second stop on the APPT, which will have a total of three events during its inaugural season. The final event will take place in December at the Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia.