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Late 2011 Tournament Poker Preview

A Look at the Major Poker Tournaments that will finish out the Year

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The Majestic Barriere in Cannes will host WSOP Europe this FallWith the World Series of Poker now in the books until November, attention now turns to the rest of the major tours to provide tournament poker action for players and fans through the rest of 2011, with the exception of the November Nine. The WSOP main event final table will bring the focus back to the Rio from November 5-7, but other than that the eyes of the poker world will be spread across five continents in the fall of 2011.

A Busy Schedule in Europe

The WSOP Europe series of events will run from October 7-19 in glamorous Cannes on the French Riviera. The shift of WSOP Europe from London to Southern France has already brought about changes to a few other tours. The European Poker Tour’s fall festival of poker will still take place in London from September 30-October 6, but the EPT San Remo main event has moved from the Spring to the Fall in order to capitalize on poker professionals heading across the Atlantic to play in the seven gold bracelet events at WSOP Europe. The EPT San Remo main event will run from October 21-27 on the shore of the Italian Riviera.

Other major European tournaments will take place in Tallinn, Estonia (EPT main event from August 2-7), Barcelona (EPT main event from August 27-September 1), Paris (WPT Grand Prix from September 5-10), and Amnenville, France (WPT main event from November 1-6). European action in late 2011 wraps up in Prague, with a EPT main event and WPT main event running during the first two weeks of December.

The Bicycle Casino will host the WPT Legends of Poker for the 10th Year in AugustBack in the U.S.A.

The U.S. schedule features a lot of mainstays returning from the World Poker Tour in the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino, the Borgata Poker Open, the Foxwoods Poker Classic, and the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio. The WPT will have a new U.S. stop in Jacksonville, Florida in November. In addition to their mainland Europe dates the other international stops take the WPT to Marrakech for a main event in Northern Africa and the small Mediterranean island of Malta for a main event.

The WSOP Circuit tour will feature a half dozen tournament series this Fall that will each feature a dozen gold-ring events and one $1,500 main event per tour stop. The new addition for the WSOP Circuit will be the kickoff stop in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Speaking of new additions to the poker lineup in the U.S., the Epic Poker League will host their first three tour dates before the end of the year at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Each of these stops will feature a pro-am event, a main event, and a charity tournament. The three EPL dates will take place in August, September, and December.

The Crown Casino will Host an ANZPT event this FallSouth of the Equator

Tournaments taking place south of the equator include the Latin American Poker Tour main event in Punta del Este, Uruguay in South America and the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour tour will feature main events in Queenstown, New Zealand and Melbourne and Darwin in Australia. The two major tournaments taking place in Asia before the end of the year are the Asia Pacific Poker Tour main event in Macau, China, and the Asian Poker Tour main event in Manila in the Philippines.

The last few months of the year feature a busy slate all over the world and you will be able to get tournament updates, and recaps from these stops on Card Player throughout the fall and into the New Year as we track which players cash major scores at these tournaments and become contenders in the Card Player Player of the Year race. It will also be interesting to see how tournament participation numbers are affected by Black Friday moving forward, not only in terms of the number of players who participate at each event, but also for the makeup of nationalities of those participants.

Major Late 2011 Tournament Dates:

August:

EPT Tallinn Main Event: August 2-7
LAPT Punta del Esta Main Event: August 4-7
Epic Poker League #1 Pro-Am: August 5-8
Epic Poker League #1 Main Event: August 9-12
UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event: August 11-14
APT Manila Main Event: August 17-23
ANZPT Snowfest Queenstown Main Event: August 23-28
WPT Legends of Poker Main Event: August 25-30
EPT Barcelona Main Event: August 27-September 1

September:

Epic Poker League #2 Pro-Am: September 2-5
WPT Grand Prix de Paris: September 5-10
Epic Poker League #2 Main Event: September 6-9
WSOP Circuit Bossier City, Louisiana: September 8-19
UKIPT Dublin Main Event: September 8-12
WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event: September 18-22
WPT Malta Main Event: September 20-24
ANZPT Melbourne Main Event: September 24-26
WSOP Circuit Southern Indiana: September 29-October 10
EPT London Main Event: September 30-October 6

October:

ANZPT Darwin: October 4-8
WSOP Europe Preliminary Events: October 7-16
WSOP Circuit Hammond: October 13-24
WSOP Europe Main Event: October 15-19
EPT San Remo: October 21-27
WSOP Circuit Biloxi: October 27-November 7
WPT Foxwoods Main Event: October 28-November 1

November:

WPT Amnenville, France Main Event: November 1-6
WSOP Main Event Final Table: November 5-7
WSOP Circuit Lake Tahoe: November 10-21
WPT Jacksonville Main Event: November 18-22
APPT Macau Main Event: Nov. 23-27
WPT Marrakech Main Event: Nov. 24-27

December:

WPT Prague Main Event: December 1-5
WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City: December 1-12
EPT Prague Main Event: December 5-10
Epic Poker League #3 Pro-Am: December 9-12
WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Classic: December 10-15
Epic Poker League #3 Main Event: December 14-18