ALS Ice Bucket, EPT Barcelona and Seminole Hard Rock $10m

  • EPT100 in Barcelona is close to the end. Only two days remain with Main event and High Roller event winner yet to be decided. Also, we take a look at the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

  • Today we take up European Poker Tour 100 taking place in Barcelona. After a tremendous run, Olivier Busquet took down €50,000 Super High Roller. Today action resumes with a few tables left at the €5,000 Main Event and Day 2 of $10,000 High Roller Now.

    EPT Barcelona Main Event and High Roller

    Quick update from on EPT100 Barcelona in case you missed it. After two starting days of the record-breaking 1,496 entrants, there were plenty of notable players left.
    Day 2 started with 900 players. After a rocky Day 1, Day two didn’t last for Michael Mizrachi who got his AA vs 99 on the first hand of the day and lost. Jake Cody, Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Negreanu didn’t survive the day as well. To join himJoining him

    If you want to know more about how the action went down, you can find all the reports here.

    In a few hours Day 5 will start with only 25 players left. Domink Panka is probably the best known name for most of you, Pokerstars Pro and the winner of PCA 2014 Main Event.

    PCA 2014 Main Event Episode 1

    Seminole Hard Rock $10 million in Florida

    As soon as EPT concludes, Seminole Hard Rock Open $10 million GTD will take place next week. Pokerstars is coming back to U.S. after three year hiatus! $100,000 Super High Roller, $5,000 Main Event and other events have lots of world-famous poker players guaranteed to play like Vanessa Rousso, the Mizrachi brothers.

    Follow the action at Pokerstars Blog or their YouTube channel for live stream with commentary.

    ALS Bucket Challenge

    ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease now has all the attention. Random people, Hollywood actors, singers, sports stars, everybody is doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Including poker players.

    If you don’t know, to accept Ice bucket challenge means that in 24h you have to either donate $100 to ALS Foundation or pour a bucket of cold water on your head. Afterwards you have to nominate a few people to pass on the challenge.

    Among poker players that accepted the challenge are Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo and many others.

    Even though pouring water o your head seems silly to some who suggest simply donating instead of making a show out of it, doing the challenge and posting videos clearly works as ALS Foundation has raised almost $16 million to this day.

    Do you think people should donate in silence or even self-promoting challenges are great for raising awareness and money?

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