As I write this we have 4 days to go at Reno and 6 days left for the World Poker Open in Tunica. Reno has seen has not seen the numbers that were expected for the bigger buy-in events, but since the introduction of some new events with smaller buy-ins they seem to have found the larger crowd of players again. Glad to see that Amarillo Slim still has what it takes to win the events even at his age of 74, and despite his rigorous cattle ranching of the past months.
Mark has been in Tunica covering every final table of the World Poker Open with video footage, and this can be seen on the home page of www.PokerPages.com, and we will be bringing you the live internet audio broadcast from the main event, with the Million ligaz11 dollar guarantee. There will be audio highlights in the evening of day 1, 2 and 3 and then the full coverage of the final table action will start at noon on the 26th January.
You can also read the fabulous daily reports from Nolan Dalla on every event along with the daily updated results. I am sure that this event is going to be huge and they have already set the dates for 2003. Did you know that Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot could sing? Watch the video of the Omaha Tournament on the 18th to see for yourself.
Also in another casino in Tunica there has been action of a different kind. The Tunica Classic at the Grand has enjoyed the smaller buy-in events and have had great numbers also. This actually ends today, but full results and photos will be posted on PokerPages as we get them. Oceans Eleven is having the final day of their Puttin’ on the Ritz, and Lucky Chances Super Bowl of Omaha kicks off today for 2 days. The Bike has its $40,000 Guaranteed weekend from the 24th – 27th and The Golden Gate Classic starts on January 26th thru Feb 3rd at the Casino San Pablo in the Bay Area.
Casinos Austria in Seefeld have just seen the finish of their Winter Challenge, and everyone moves onto Paris for the start of the Euro Final of Poker at the Aviation Club on February 1st.
This event this year is going to be slightly different as it incorporates the EFOP Heads Up Challenge, which is an exciting addition to the poker tournament world and one that was started last year with the first ever World Heads Up event instigated by Jon Shoreman, Nic Szermeta and Richard Geller. The 2nd World Heads Up Poker Championship will of course be held at the Concord Card Casino in June.
The Grosvenor Grand Challenge finished yesterday in Luton, with Steve Vladar taking home £29,100 for 1st place, B Dahl in 2nd with £18,250, Simon Trumper 3rd with £20,000 and Peter Costa finishing 4th with £7,300. For the results from all the other events, click here.
The Gala Riverboat Casino starts its Scottish Poker Championship today and that will run until the 27th. The Gala Casino in Teeside has also added a new event that will start on Feb 20th. The North of England Open from the Grosvenor Casino in Manchester will start on February 5th until Feb 10th, and at this time i do not have the schedule but I am working on getting it.