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Prague Confirmed for PokerStars Championship, Big Barcelona GTDs
One of the most popular tournaments on the now-defunct European Poker Tour will make a triumphant return to the PokerStars Championship schedule.
PokerStars Championship Prague will take place Dec. 8-19, 2017 with the €5,300 buy-in Main Event set for Dec. 13-19.
The festival has always taken place in December with the city providing a picturesque winter backdrop to the event, complete with a Christmas market.
The stop will include 12 separate tournaments so there should be something for everyone with a €200 buy-in PokerStars Open on the low end and a gigantic €50,000 high roller on the high end.
Prague was actually the location for the final stop for the EPT last year leading some to wonder if PokerStars would make another appearance in the Czech city.
PokerStars Cranks Up PSC Barcelona Guarantees
Meanwhile PSC Barcelona is still set to take place Aug. 15-27, 2017, with 10 different events but PokerStars just announced the various guaranteed prize pools for the ultra-popular festival.
The Main Event will carry an eye-popping €7,000,000 guaranteed prize pool but that shouldn’t be too hard to crack considering last year’s EPT Barcelona Main Event attracted 1,785 players last year to form a €8.6 million prize pool.
Sebastian Malec won the record-setting tournament for a staggering €1.1 million.
PSC Barcelona will also offer guarantees on four different events including the 1,100 National Championship, which will feature a guarantee of €4,000,000.
The Main Event for PSC Barcelona will take place Aug. 21-27 while the National Championship will run Aug. 16-21.
As usual there will also be a €50,000 Super High Roller, which will run Aug. 19-21.
Sochi Rolling with Moneymaker, Lykov Among Early Leaders
The first-ever PokerStars Championship Sochi event kicked off from Casino Sochi yesterday with Day 1a.
As expected the event attracted a large number of Russian players including pros Alexander Kostritsyn, Maxim Panyak and Max Lykov.
Also in the field on Day 1a were Chris Moneymaker, Felipe Ramos, Luca Pagano, Nacho Barbero, Aditya Agarwal and others.
Moneymaker was actually one of the most dominant players on the day and ended with 115,000 chips, which put him in the top 10.
At the time this article was published Day 1b was partially complete and the overall field had already swelled to 220 runners.
Aditya Agarwal, Jason Wheeler and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier were among the early leaders on Day 1b.