It is the third of December 2012.

Overnight, snow has fallen within the city walls of Edinburgh for the first time this winter. The thermometer shows 10 degrees celsius indoors and I awake to find...

...the December PokerSchoolOnline Skill Leagues are all back in progress 

As I write this first edition of a new regular blog reviewing the PSO Skill Leagues, thousands of players are already beginning another monthly challenge with the prospect of earning their portion of the $44K prizes on offer.

Whether you are a newer player trying out your game against all-comers in the Open Skill League, or a more experienced player looking to qualify and then compete for the higher prizes at the Premier Skill League, I will be watching out for players from this community who are getting their A-game on in the Leagues.

I will be railing tables, checking the League standings, looking for players who are taking their game to the next level and representing this community with style in these global leagues.

If you haven't found these games yet, all the details are here, with a special article within the MTT course giving specific tips on the how to approach the League format also available here.

Tens of thousands of PSO members compete each day, in total well over a hundred thousand each month, and with top prizes of $1,500 for the Open Skill League and $5,000 for the Premier Skill League, there is a lot to play for, (not to mention the bragging rights and respect of your fellow members.) And it is all available for free to members of PokerSchoolOnline.

So I'll start here with some notable results from last month.

Familiar UK and Ireland based players had good runs in their respective leagues, 

maveric8673 is a regular player in both the PSO leagues and the regional UKIPT leagues. He took one of the top 10 spots in the November Premier Skill League, finishing in 7th place for a prize of a cool $800

Pentire made the top 80 of the Premier Skill League with a finish in 77th spot for a $50 prize, easily regaining his place for the coming month.

Two Canadians had strong finishes in the Premier Skill League Qualifier, with both Rusty43 and Dreams78 making the top ten, in 5th and 9th place respectively.

In the Open Skill League, former winner (Dec 2011) Keldraco from Singapore took 26th place, with dadajuice and BUZZLIYEAR from the UK close behind, whilst EasyChips4U kept the Canadian flag flying in 34th place - all taking a $10.00 prize.

An honourable mention goes to UK based WeaselBasher who took his first shot at earning a Premier League ticket via the Open Skill League. Playing an average of just one game a day, he achieved his goal at the first attempt, with two excellent final table finishes including an outright win. He amassed an impressive 2,228.17 points to make 350th place, earning a $5 prize and the coveted Premier Skill League invitation.

Well done to all these players, and the many others who will have competed well but may have escaped my attention - I will be watching more closely from now on and hope to feature more players from this community in future reviews.

I wish you all luck in your current league campaigns. See you at the tables and I hope we can all look forward to an email at the beginning of 2013 that starts

'Congratulations! You've earned a PokerSchool Skill League award!'


Team PokerSchoolOnline