November tournament schedule full of opportunities

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein battles for a WPT title today.

2007 has been a thoroughly exhausting year for everyone involved in the poker world. Even though the holiday season will kick off in November, though, there's no sign that the schedule will be lightening up for anyone.

The first week of November sees virtually simultaneous final tables at three very prominent tournament events. The World Poker Tour's North American Poker Championships at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada, is scheduled to end play today. is live on the scene to bring you the final table action in our Live Tournament Section. There you'll also find the conclusion of the World Series of Poker Circuit event in Indiana today and the final table of the European Poker Tour in Dublin on Saturday.

While the EPT will take the rest of November off, the other two premier poker tours won't. Preliminary action at the WPT's World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut has been quite hectic, with a few tournaments breaking the 1,000-player mark.

The WPT $10,000 buy-in event will commence action on Nov. 7 and finish up on Nov. 13, and turnout should rival the numbers it hit in 2006 (609 players). Finally, the annual pilgrimage to the Bellagio in Las Vegas will commence at the end of the month when preliminary tournaments begin in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, which extends into mid-December.

Tom Schneider
Perhaps Tom Schneider will take in more WSOPC action this month if his final table today in Indiana goes well.

The WSOPC picks up action almost immediately after the end of play in Indiana. On Nov. 7, Lake Tahoe's Harvey's Hotel and Casino will begin preliminary tournaments, with the championship event taking place from Nov. 16-18.

To wrap up the month of November, the WSOPC will make its first of two stops for the current Circuit season in New Orleans, with tournament action beginning Nov. 26.

During the EPT's hiatus, another international poker tour will step up with its inaugural event. The Asia Pacific tour (APPT), which kicked off earlier this year, will raise its profile with a move to one of the growing gaming destinations in the world.

The APPT Macau will be the first major Texas Hold'em tournament held in China and, as such, should draw a great deal of attention from professional players from around the globe looking to challenge the "final frontier" of poker's reach.

There is also a wealth of smaller events worthy of recognition during November. The Heartland Poker Tour will wrap up tournament action on Nov. 3 in Tama, Iowa before heading to the Casino del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. from Nov. 11-18.

Currently unrolling as well is the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV at the Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa, Okla. (outside of Tulsa); its $5,000 championship event gets under way Nov. 18 and finishes Nov. 20.

Factor in tournaments in Biloxi, Miss. (the Imperial Palace Poker Classic), Colma, Calif. (the 8th Annual Gold Rush Tournaments) and Los Angeles (the Holiday Bonus Tournament at the Commerce Casino and the Turkey Shoot/Ho Ho Hold'em tournaments at the Bicycle Casino) and the schedule is chock-full of options for players.

While some may think that the tournament season is in a lull, a look at the November schedule reveals a plethora of tournament action for all.

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