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Plenty of live tournaments and online action to enjoy!
August is the month when even places with normal temperate climates can turn into unbearable hotspots and looking for ways to avoid going outside simply becomes the norm. With this in mind, it seems like the best month to stay in and play online poker while claiming an amazing $5000 poker bonus or go to somewhere cool and play in live poker tournaments. However, August has never been a big month for tournaments across the history of poker; mostly because it is just after the World Series Of Poker.
As the popularity of the game increased and more players were looking to prove their skills in large live tournaments across the world, more events became available. PokerStars introduced more stops on the European Poker Tour and also launched the Pacific Poker Tour in the Philippines, which meant that August was no longer an uneventful month.
The Asia-Pacific Poker Tour started in Seoul on March 14 and is now getting ready for its fourth stop, after Cebu and Macau. The APPT Queenstown Snowfest will take place in New Zeeland, will start on July 30 and will run until August 4 with the Main Event having a NZD$3,000 buy-in.
With the addition of a stop in Barcelona, the European Poker Tour now starts in August; more precisely on the 26th. The Main Event will take place in September and it will have a buy-in of €5,000 + 300.
Both these tournaments are sponsored by PokerStars and there are qualifiers available for online players that want to win packages to some of the tournaments across the world. Join the biggest poker site in the world and play for your ticket to fame. Needless to say that there are also plenty of poker tournaments available online and PokerStars leads the charge.
World Poker Tour
The World Poker Tour will start next month with the bwin Merit Cyprus Classic. The cards will be dealt starting from August 16 and the Main Event final table is scheduled to be played out on August 21. With a buy-in of $4,000 + $400 and the luxury offered by the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino, it is a special way to start off the new WPT season.
The WPT Alpha8 will also be kicking off in August. This is a new series of poker that focuses on high stakes tournaments in some of the most prestigious resorts across the world. The smallest buy-in will be $100,000 and the first stop will be in Florida on August 26-27, 2013. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will be host to some of the biggest names in the poker world and the television cameras will make sure that fans get to see their favorite players at their best.
However the action at the Seminole will start a lot sooner since this it will put on the inaugural Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. This will run for three weeks and will feature 33 events from August 8 to the 29th. The championship event will have a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million, which is twice as much as any other tournament has ever guaranteed.
Towards the end of the month, the televised Legends of Poker event will take place as part of the WPT. The action will start on August 29 and will end on September 4 with the Main Event having a buy-in of $3,500 + $200.
All in all, August is a pretty busy month for all types of players. The latest promotions make sure that online poker players can cash in big while at the virtual tables and the many events from around the world will keep the live tournament grinders on their toes.