There was a point earlier in the year when I thought I might end up in Madrid this summer for the EPT Open. What a lovely time that would have been! As it happens I’m here at home in the Pacific Northwest, which is still lovely but features much less EPT, while my PokerStars Blog colleague Jack Stanton is in Madrid — slinging chips, no less.
I figured my Spanish summer dreams would have to wait until next year. But starting today I’ll have the chance to keep tabs on Jack’s progress thanks to the just-announced EPT Open Madrid live stream.
This isn’t going to be a standard EPT live stream. But before we get into that, here are the key details you need to know to watch all the action from Casino Gran Madrid:
• Webcast begins at 12:30 p.m. CET on June 28, 29, and 30
• Cards-up stream will be live on a 30-minute delay
If you’re a regular viewer of EPT webcasts, this production will probably seem foreign to you. “OK, this is a cards-up stream, but where are Hartigan and Stapes?” you’ll probably ask. (Answer: wherever international podcasting superstars go when they’re on hiatus from Poker In The Ears.)
But if you’re a Twitch regular, the whole thing will feel much more familiar. It’s going to be laid-back and tons of fun all at the same time — a lot like Madrid.
There will be three official streams:
Your hosts will be commenting on the action, just like you’d expect, but there will be other cool goings-on as well:
• SPECIAL SNGs – During the stream a password will be shown that gives you access to a special pool of $2 and $5 sit-and-go tournaments. On break the hosts will jump in and play along — on stream!
• NOBLECHAIRS GIVEAWAYS – Four noblechairs ICON gaming chairs will be given away during the webcast. Check here for full details.
• KO WEEK – The hosts will be keeping up with the highlights of KO Week and the UFC KO Poker Series, along with some KO-related promotions on the English stream.
There are also going to be three “unofficial” streams in German, Russian, and Portuguese — the same basic idea as the official streams, but without the promotions. (Sorry guys.)
If you’re particularly observant you’ve probably already noted that the streams will be running on Day 2, Day 3, and the final table of this Main Event. (If you’re not particularly observant, please see the previous sentence for more information.) So if your weekend plans are open, get ready to fill them up with lots of streaming goodness and watch as we work our way down to a champion in the Spanish capital.