Here's a quick roundup of some of the biggest PokerStars news and events happening around the world this week.

Sunday Majors

A field of 7,410 players contested the latest PokerStars Sunday Million, which with a $215 buy-in generated a prize pool of $1,482,000. The winner was ‘Pr0fiteer’ from Belarus who netted a first prize of $222,300. Read a full report of the tournament on the PokerStars Blog.

Red Spade Open

In addition to the usual Sunday Majors, this coming weekend will also see the return of the Red Spade Open on April 28 at 15.00 ET. The tournament costs just $55 to enter and has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with minimum $200,000 for first place. There are also $100 bounties on the heads of the eponymous ‘Red Spade’ Team PokerStars Pros who will be competing in the event.

Satellites into the tourney start from just $0.55. There is also a special VIP Bash satellite the day before the event, which has a buy-in of 500 FPPs for Silver Star players and higher. Go to ‘Tourney’ > ‘VIP’ > ‘SilverStar’ in the client to register.

For more information, go to http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/red-spade-open/.   

SCOOP 2013

The fifth annual Spring Championship of Online Poker has now been announced and online satellites are under way. This year’s festival will take place from May 12-26 and incorporate 44 events (132 tournaments) spread across low, medium and high stakes buy-in levels, making it the largest poker festival ever held.

There is $40 million in guaranteed prizes and the festival will culminate in the Main Event, which will have buy-ins of $109 (L), $1,050 (M) and $10,300 (H) respectively. Other highlights include two Zoom tournaments, new 5 Card Omaha, 5 Card Omaha Hi/Lo and Courchevel game variants, along with a Heads-Up High Roller tourney that features buy-ins of $215, $2,100 and $21,000.

The beauty of SCOOP, though, is that the three-tiered buy-in system makes it a fun and accessible festival for players of all abilities and bankroll levels. The lowest buy-in is just $5.50, and with satellites starting from just $0.11 or even 1 FPP, it is one of the most inclusive online festivals around.

Go to http://www.pokerstars.com/scoop/ for more info, or log into the PokerStars client and go to Events > SCOOP > All.

EPT Berlin

The penultimate festival in the EPT Season 9 schedule is in full swing, with 45 events taking place across 11 days in the German capital. The inaugural Berlin Cup set the tone for the festival early on when it smashed through the €500,000 guarantee. Former EPT Grand Final winner, Pieter de Korver picked up the top prize after besting a field of 911 players to take home €145,400 after a three-way chop.

The €5,300 Main Event heads into Day 5 on Friday, with just 17 players remaining from a starting field of 912, all of which are vying for the first prize of €880,000. Current chip leader is German player Roman Herold, but some notable players still remain, including Olivier Busquet, Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson (three-time SCOOP, and WCOOP winner) and former EPT Tallinn champion Kevin Stani.

Catch all the action from Berlin on the live webcast, which is streaming now at www.eptlive.com.

EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final

Qualifiers are still running for this year’s PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. The event, which runs from May 6-15, is set to be the biggest yet, with 50 scheduled tournaments, along with 35 tables dedicated to cash games, which this year will be run by the EPT.

EPT Concierge is also ramping up its offering at this year’s event with a special helicopter transfer service from Nice Airport that will take players direct to their hotel, or a simple taxi transfer.

For those who are looking for excitement away from the tables, how about driving a Ferrari Spider around the F1 Monaco Grand Prix circuit? Visit the EPT Concierge website and find out how to get involved.

MPC Red Dragon

The 18th Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon is under way at ‘PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams’, with Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin (looking for her third Red Dragon Main Event title) and Vivian Im in the running, along with former APPT Seoul runner-up Chane Kampanatsanyakorn and Taiwanese celebrity Alex Niu among the field. With 497 players already entered after two Day 1 flights (and Day 1c still to go) the existing 635-player record is set to be easily surpassed.

The festival is one of the most popular in Asia and features nine events. Still to go is the HKD $20,000 buy-in event, which runs from April 27-28, and features a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

For more information, go to http://www.pokerstarsmacau.com/ and follow the updates on the PokerStars Blog.

LAPT 6 Brazil

The Latin American Poker Tour Brazil event got under way yesterday (Thursday) at the Tivoli Hotel Sao Paulo. The festival runs until April 30 and features a R$4,000 Main Event (re-entry) from April 26-30, along with a R$10,000 High Roller (re-entry) from April 29-30.

For further information about the stop, including the full festival schedule, go to http://www.lapt.com/tournaments/brazil/.


The Asia Pacific Poker Tour is also gearing up for another stop, with the second festival of Season 7 due to take place from April 29 to May 5 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, Philippines.

The Main Event will be a PHP 100,000 (approx US $2,500) buy-in NL Hold’em tournament with two Day 1s, which will run from May 1-5. There will also be a one-day High Roller event on May 5 with a buy-in of PHP 250,000 (approx US $6,000). In total there will be nine events at APPT Cebu.

For more information, go to http://www.appt.com/tournaments/cebu/.

IPT San Remo

The Italian Poker Tour shuffles up for its Grand Final in Sanremo from May 2-6, with a €2,200 Main Event providing the central focus of the festival. There are a total of 13 events over the course of the five days with buy-ins starting at just €170 for the Ladies Event.

For players wanting a longer break in Sanremo, the Mini IPT begins a few days earlier, with events beginning this coming Saturday, April 27 and continuing through to the Mini IPT final table on May 2. The buy-in for that six-day event (with three starting days) is just €200, although for high rollers there is a four-day €5,250 tournament.

For more information, check out http://www.pokerstarsipt.com/tournaments/sanremo1/.

Eureka Poker Tour Croatia

Season 3 of the central European poker tour heads to Dubrovnik in Croatia from May 24-30. The event will feature a €1,100 Main Event from May 26-29 among other highlights. Last year’s winner was Alija Filipovic who took home the title and €45,800. For more details on the event visit the Eureka Poker Tour website.

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