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The Nightly Turbo: Zynga PokerCon Headed to Vegas, World Poker Tour Planning $100,000 Event, and More

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St. Patrick's Day and March Madness all in one day? Want to hear some real madness? A prominent poker tour is planning a big buy-in event; it seems to be the cool thing to do these days. We'll tell you who it is, give you more details on Zynga's PokerCon, including which of your favorite pros are attending (hint: look at the above photo for one) and more, so put down that green beer for a minute and catch up on today's news.

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Get Your Poker (C)on

Earlier this month, we told you about Zynga's PokerCon. Well, the time has come and the event is upon us.

PokerCon kicks off Friday, March 18, in a two-day event filled with seminars led by Annie Duke. Participants will then be able to take what they've learned to the felt and compete in a $100,000 freeroll.

Plenty of your favorite players will be on hand, as well, including Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, David Williams, Gavin Smith, and Vanessa Rousso.

Tickets for the event are sold out, but if you head over to the Zynga PokerCon website, you'll soon be able to stay in touch with all the PokerCon action from home.

Add Another One (hundred k) to the List

Earlier today, PokerNews received confirmation from the World Poker Tour that it was in fact planning a $100,000 buy-in event for this season of the Tour. Not all of the specifics are nailed down just yet, but we can expect the tournament sometime around the World Poker Tour World Championship in May.

SCOOP'n Up the Prizes

Recently, PokerStars announced the schedule for its Spring Championship of Online Poker. In all, there are 114 events (low, medium, and high buy-ins), with $45 million in guaranteed prize pools.

On top of the cold, hard cash you can win, winners of SCOOP events will receive a Movado watch. Player-of-the-Series honors that will go to the top three 2011 SCOOP leaderboard finishers. While honors are good, prizes are better. Here is a look at what those top three will take home.

  • 1st: Player of the Series trophy, 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2012 PCA prize package, EPT Grand Final prize package, and a special edition PokerStars chip set
  • 2nd: 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2012 PCA prize package and a special edition PokerStars chip set
  • 3rd: 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket and a special edition PokerStars chip set

If you want to find out more, check out the PokerStars Blog. And if you're vying for that Movado watch and Player of the Series honors, you should sign up for a PokerStars account.


The first stop of PokerStars' newest poker tour, the Eureka Poker Tour, kicked off Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic. The tour takes place in several countries around Eastern and Central Europe, with stops planned in Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and a second stop in the Czech Republic.

Day 1a of the inaugural €800 event saw 160 players take their seats. At the time of writing, 80 players remained, and PokerStars qualifier Marius Pospiech led the way.

To get complete updates from the event, head on over to the PokerStars Blog.

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