If you're looking for the day's top poker news stories, you've come to the right place. What are we going to tell you about today? Well, the World Poker Tour has announced new European Tour stops, we'll tell you when the newest season of Poker After Dark will debut so you can set your DVR, and more.
In Case You Missed It
Braving the record-breaking snowstorm in Lake Tahoe, over 200 poker players came out for the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harvey's Lake Tahoe. Who's leading the way? You know you're going to have to check out the WSOP-C recap for that information.
After a short hiatus, the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge was back this week with a new set of challengers. How did they do? The PokerStars.Net Million Dollar Challenge: Ray Reid Makes a Run at the Challenge of Champions has the scoop.
FTOPS XVIII finished up Sunday with the Main Event wrapping up early Monday morning. Not only that, but the rest of the Sunday Majors crowned winners, as well. Check out the Sunday Briefing for the results.
Our latest PokerNews Op-Ed takes a look at all of the different poker tours in the United States and how important they are to the game and the players. Check out The More the Merrier to find out what the pros had to say.
*Above photo courtesy of Stephanie Moore for Poker After Dark
New WPT Stops
The World Poker Tour has announced dates for two new televised events in Europe, as well as the first WPT National Series event. You should mark your calendars and start booking your European vacation for next year now. WPT Venice and WPT Vienna are two new stops that have been added to the docket, and both will be televised events.
“The World Poker Tour is excited to announce these new dates in Europe. We are looking forward to returning to Venice, debuting our WPT National Series and High Rollers event in Paris and taking the Tour to Vienna for the very first time. The future is exciting and these international events give players even more chances to compete on poker’s premiere stage," WPT President Adam Pliska said.
WPT Venice takes place February 3 through 8. The €3000 + €300 buy-in event is presented by PartyPoker.it and will take place at Casino de Venezia. Just after the Main Event, on February 7, the €10,000 high-roller event will take place and run through February 9.
If you want to head to Austria, there's no better time to do that than March 25 through 29, so you can get a little poker action in on your trip and maybe become an international television star. WPT Vienna boasts a €3,200+ €300 buy-in and will take place at Montesino. If you're looking for a bigger buy-in, stick around, because the €15,000 high roller event kicks off March 28.
The WPT National Series will kick off with its first-ever event in Paris. The €5,000 Main Event takes place February 9 through 15 and a €10,000 high-roller event is scheduled for February 14.
Find out more at WPT.com.
New Year, New Season
Just a few days after you ring in the new year, you'll be able to sink into your couch, let the holiday feast digest, and watch the season seven debut of Poker After Dark. The new season begins airing the week of January 3. Get ready for 13 weeks of poker action from your favorite players in the game includingPhil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Phil Hellmuth and others.
The emphasis this season will be on cash games, each will take place over the course of two weeks, and as we showed you last week, pot-limit Omaha is on the lineup.
There are three freezeouts this season, one dubbed "Wish List," which takes the winner of the Howard and Suzie Lederer Charity Poker Tournament and gets him in on the action with his pick of pros. Also, "Idol" is another theme, where Doyle Brunson will take on five of the best young players in the game.
Kicking off the season on the first week is "Big Heat," a $100,000 buy-in freezeout where the winner will pocket $600,000. Who will be bringing the heat? John Juanda, Erick Lindgren, Huck Seed, Phil Galfond, Tom Dwan, and Phil Ivey will all take part in the season opener.
Leeann Tweeden is back as the show's host and Ali Nejad will be bringing commentary from the booth.
Aria Resort and Casino will play host to the show this season, as well as through 2013. Also, POKER PROductions and NBC Universal have struck a deal that will bring Poker After Dark to your television sets until at least 2014.
If you'd like to find out more, see PokerAfterDark.com.
Rush Poker Mobile
In October, we told you about the beta release of Full Tilt Poker's Rush Poker Mobile, which was made available to Full Tilt Poker Black Card members.
Well, the time has come, because those of you who have mobile devices running Android 2.2 or higher can download Rush Poker Mobile and get your poker fix wherever you are.
You're going to need a Full Tilt Poker account to play Rush Poker on your mobile device, so sign up for one through PokerNews and take advantage of our deposit bonus and exclusive freerolls.
If you're curious about Rush Poker Mobile, head on over to FullTiltPoker.com.
All In for CP
The third annual All In for CP charity poker tournament will be taking place December 11 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The $550 buy-in/$200 rebuy tournament benefits the One Step Closer Foundation, which aims to ease the lives of those affected by cerebral palsy.
Expected to attend are Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander, Mekhi Phifer, Sam Simon, Montel Williams, and Donnie Wahlberg, among many other players.
If you want to find out more on the event or register, visit AllInForCP.com.
Bienvenidos a Barcelona
Team PokerNews is in Barcelona bringing you all the action from the felt at the Gran Casino at the Arts Hotel for the PokerStars European Poker Tour. In case you were wondering what sights you were missing, Gloria Balding hops in a go-kart (we're not sure how they let her drive one) and takes you on a tour of the city.
Coming up on Tuesday we have an exclusive $2,500 freeroll with Winner Poker at 19:35 GMT. You have right until the last minute to download Winner Poker via our links and earn just 10 points to buy into it.