Bluff European Rankings heats up after mid-year hiatus

Bluff European Rankings heats up after mid-year hiatus

Thursday, 1 August 2013

It’s been a quiet couple of months for the Bluff European Rankings as the European circuit slowed down to make way for the WSOP in Vegas, which meant little change to the top ten:  Stephen O’Dwyer still clings on, but the prolific Russian, Yury Gulyy, and the unstoppable Jason Mercier are breathing down his neck.

That could all change this month, however, as some big point-scoring events return to the calendar.

First up is Full Tilt Poker’s Galway Festival, underway now. This is the first poker festival to be held under the new Full Tilt ownership and promises a fantastic fortnight of events to suit all pockets, including the €2,300 + €200 Irish Poker Championship and the UKIPT Galway. Qualifying satellites for all events run daily at and

Then it’s off the Bolton, where the GUKPT arrives for a £500 + 50 NLH Main Event with £50,000 guaranteed. You can qualify on by playing feeders and satellites into a weekly four-seat guaranteed super satellite. The structure provides all bankrolls opportunities to qualify, starting with freerolls and buy-ins as low as £0.25.

The following day, the WPT hot-tails it to sunny Cyprus for a $4,000 + 400 NLH Main Event with a whopping $1,000,000 guaranteed. Play one of the daily freerolls on and  possibly qualify for this event for absolutely nothing.

And then it’s the GUKPT again for the Goliath, in Coventry. The £100 + 20 NLH GUKPT Goliath is a behemoth of a tournament in terms of runners. Last year a huge field of 1,954 filled the Ricoh Arena creating a prize pool of £200,000.  Players can qualify exclusively on

Last but, by no means least, it’s the biggest point-scorer of them all: the EPT Barcelona. Last year’s event was a € 5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event that netted the winner, Belarusian Mikalai Pobal, €1m. Qualifiers are up and running exclusively at

August Ranked Events

Full Tilt Poker’s Galway Festival
Full Tilt Poker Village, Galway
27 July - 12 August 2013

2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour - Leg 8
G Casino, Bolton
4 - 11 August 2013

bwin WPT Merit Cyprus Classic
Merit Crystal Cove Hotel-Casino, Kyrenia
12 - 25 August 2013

2013 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour - Goliath
G Casino, Coventry
18 - 26 August 2013

EPT Barcelona
Casino Barcelona, Barcelona
28 August - 7 September 2013

Tags: Bluff European Rankings, Steve O'Dwyer, Jason Mercier, Full Tilt Galway Festival, bwin WPT Merit Cycprus Classic, GUKPT Goliath, EPT Barcelona