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Just as the European Poker Tour wraps its Dublin festival, the tour released its schedule for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. The action will take place from April 25 to May 6 at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco.

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This will end the 12th season of the EPT in royal fashion, as Monte Carlo sets the scene each year for the tour to wrap its year. While it is an expensive trip for many players, there are numerous benefits. It is why poker players from all corners of the globe trek to glamorous city on the French Riviera to compete for big money and prestigious titles. In addition, the minimum age for players is 18, creating bigger fields and more exciting action.

Schedule Highlights

Every year, the EPT Grand Final offers an impressive schedule of tournaments, but the 2016 festival will be the largest ever with more than 70 events in total.

The EPT will merge tours with the France Poker Series to offer more action. The biggest of the FPS-branded events is the €1,100 buy-in FPS Monaco Main Event with a €500K guarantee, which runs from April 27 to May 1 and officially kicks off Season 6 of that tour. There will also be a €2,200 FPS High roller tournament to run April 29-30.

There will be four High Roller tournaments from the EPT this year, starting with a €10,300 buy-in High Roller starting April 26 and running for three days. The next is a massive €100K buy-in Super High Roller set for April 28-30. On May 1, a €50K buy-in Single-Day Super High Roller will offer players some action, and the €25,750 EPT High Roller will round out the festival from May 4-6.

And, of course, the one attracting the most players will be the EPT Main Event, a €5,300 buy-in affair starting on April 30 and running all the way through the final table on May 6.

Cash Games and Side Event Action

Players looking to get into the bigger buy-in events will find satellites available starting on April 25, with everything from “early bird” satellites starting at 10:00am to “night owl” satellites beginning at midnight. And the casino will host single-table satellites upon request, though those are subject to space availability.

Cash games will run every day of the festival until 5:30am, and SNGs starting at €300 will be available based on space and player interest.

There are new tournaments set to debut at EPT Monte Carlo this year, including super satellites in Flipout and PLO formats. In addition, there will be numerous Flipout side events, Progressive Super Knockout tournaments will move from online tables to live ones with a May 2 €500+€500+€100 event, and the Cote d’Azur Open will offer a €220 buy-in, three opening flights, and a May 6 final table. Other tournaments on the schedule include Omaha Hi/Lo, Win the Button, Sextuple Omaha, OFC Pineapple, as well as Women and Senior events starting on April 30.

Festival Festivities

A charity tournament is set to run on the evening on Saturday, April 30. Funds will be raised for the EPT charity partner Right to Play via the €150 buy-in tournament with unlimited €50 rebuys. The proceeds benefit the charity that supports children in 18 countries through the power of sport and play. Most members of Team PokerStars Pro and even some celebrities are schedule to participate.

As with any PokerStars festival, there will also be fun scheduled to take place off the felt. There will be a Multi Sports Video Game Simulator contest, as well as the “EPT Grand Final Hexathlon” to feature games like football, field hockey, golf, American football, basketball, and tennis. The latter competition will feature daily leaderboard winners and one overall event winner, who will win a €1,100 seat to the Estrellas Main Event that will take place in Season 13 at EPT Barcelona.

With two months before the action begins, players should have plenty of time to rest up, count every last dime of their bankrolls, and book those plane, train, and automobile tickets to Monte Carlo for the massive Grand Final of EPT Season 12.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.