The televised European Poker Tour has added two events to their schedule; one in Copenhagen, Denmark, between January 29th-30th and another in Deauville, France (Feb 15th-19th).
The European data hk Tour, which will air its coverage on SKY Sports around Eaurope (and probably beyond) in the spring of 2005 has so far visited Barcelona, London and Dublin and these new events will make up legs four and five of the tour, which then goes on to Vienna, Austria for the European World Series Trial in March (10th-12th) and culminates in a €10,000 ($13,300) entry ‘Grand Final’ event in Monte Carlo, Monaco (March 15th-19th).
Entry to the Scandinavian Open is €2,600 ($3,460) with a field size capped at 150 while the beautiful seaside town of Deauville, built in the classic Belle Epoque style, hosts the €2,000 ($2,660) buy-in French Open. It is the first major French poker tournament to be held outside of Paris.
So far all EPT winners have received entry into Monte Carlo’s showpiece €10,000 event. At the Copenhagen Open both winner and runner-up will be given an entry ticket which is an added prize not funded from the prize-pool.
MGM Mirage in talks to Manchester United in the UK
Manchester United’s big names are all set for a gangster style, casino Christmas party this year. The likes of Gary Neville and Ruud van Nistlerooy will be able to play roulette, blackjack and poker at a specially organised event at Manchester’s Living Room club. Stars from UK soaps are also expected to attend.
This news comes amid revelations that US casino company MGM Mirage are deep in negotiations with the former Champions League winners regarding opening a real casino to the public at their Old Trafford ground.
The gambling theme at Manchester United is sure to be a hit with superstar striker Wayne Rooney, who was spotted leaving a casino in the early hours of the morning after apparently gambling hundreds of pounds. Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson is already heavily involved in the gambling world with investments in horse racing, it is rumoured that he is also the best poker player on the team bus!
Not everybody in UK football is so welcoming to gambling and poker though. The English FA recently banned poker games amongst players in their national team after learning players are staking large sums of money in not so friendly poker games.