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No rest for the wicked

Written by Ben Blaschke

It’s been relatively quiet in the poker world since the World Series of Poker took its three month hiatus ahead of the November 9, but as the calendar ticks over into October things are starting to heat up.

This week sees two huge events kick off in London with the UKIPT underway as we speak and one of the biggest events in the annual calendar, EPT London, starting on Sunday. This is one of the jewels in the European Poker Tour crown with a first prize of well over €500,000 and a star-studded field expected to gather in the prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms.

An even bigger event as far as Asia and Macau is concerned also gets underway this month with the long-awaited Asia Championship of Poker from 18 October to 3 November. The biggest of Macau’s many annual poker tournament series, this also doubles as the season finale of APPT Season 7 with the HK$100,000 Main Event starting on Monday 28 October. It will also be the first time APPT Macau has been held at the new home of PokerStars LIVE Macau at City of Dreams and we look forward to another successful series from Danny McDonagh and the crew.

Heading back overseas, the November Nine gathers back at the Rio in Las Vegas on 4 November as we look to crown our latest WSOP Main Event champion. The eyes of the entire poker world will be watching as we reach the climax of the most prestigious event on the planet and it is Vietnam’s JC Tran in the box seat to bring the bracelet back to Asia along with the US$8,359,531 first prize. Tran is the current chip leader with over 38 million in chips.

JC Tran will be looking to add the WSOP Main Event to his glittering resume

JC Tran will be looking to add the WSOP Main Event to his glittering resume

And don’t forget the next season of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) kicks off in Auckland on November 16 as we continue our hectic push to the end of 2013. There is plenty to see and do in the poker world over the coming weeks so whether you’re keen to take part or simply an interested observer, make sure you jot it all down in the calendar!