Satellite winners from Intertops head to Austria
14 Jul 2017
The online poker players each won a $4,000 prize package that includes €2,700 buy-in to the EPC main event (27-30 July), accommodation at a premium hotel close to the casino and cash for travel expenses.
This year the EPC Velden prize pool is estimated to be over €700,000 (over $770,000). Players from all over Europe (especially Germany and Italy) will play tournaments and cash games on more than 40 tables at the exclusive lakeside resort.
Sven, one of the online poker champions on the Intertops team, is a German tennis coach. He plays mostly online but has played a few live tournaments — smaller tourneys, not big buy-ins. This is his second European Poker Championship, and he looks forward to returning to the Austrian spa resort for another poker holiday.
"Last year there were a lot of good players and a big prize pool," he said. "Like last year, I'll make this a vacation, go swimming, go out a little bit, then play the tournament. The casino is very beautiful — and there are a lot of cash games to play as well!"
Derek, a professional poker player from Los Angeles, California, also won an online satellite tournament at Intertops Poker and will be joining Sven in Austria.
He recalled the online tournament where he won his trip: "When I doubled through the chip leader, I started to realize that I might just win the tournament. At that point, I had a decent stack to play with, so I knew I had a good shot to take it down.
"My strategy for online tournaments is to stay cool in early stages, try to find good spots to make chips with the best hand," he added. "In later stages I get more and more aggressive. The best is winning the pots without showdown, especially in the late stage."
Every day Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes host a variety of online poker tournaments including three daily free rolls and the $1,500 GTD Sundowner at 7:15 Eastern every evening. This weekend the hot ticket is the Sunday Six Max six-handed tournaments series $200 GTD, $550 GTD or $1,200 GTD. Players can register for any of these tournaments under the Tournaments tab in the poker software.
Both Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes welcome players from anywhere in the world. They're the busiest online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network and also offer a selection of casino games.