The European Poker Tour is currently on a break, but it will be back soon after the WSOP. EPT officials announced yesterday the schedule for the festive, 100th EPT that will be taking place in the city where it all started a couple of seasons ago – Barcelona!
The poker festival will start on August 16th and will feature a total of 43 events. As has become standard for the EPT, there will be several new tournament formats featured in Barcelona aimed at giving as many players as possible a chance to compete. Lasting for 12 days until August 27th, some of the events in the mix will be €200 and €1,000 Seniors Events (ages 50+), and the buy-in for the Ladies Event will be reduced to €200 from the original €300.
Those looking for some lighter poker fun will also have their chance as there will be a €100 Deuces Wild Tournament and a €200 Deepstack Turbo Win the Button Event. A wide range of online satellites should also be on offer, so all things considered, the turnout for this one should be quite big. EPT staff is actually hoping that this tournament series breaks all the records for Europe in both prize pool money and number of overall participants.
Season 11 of EPT will be kicking off with the €1,000 Estrellas Main Event, followed by the €50k High Roller and the €5,300 Main Event. EPT President Edgar Stuchly expressed his overall satisfaction with Season 10 and stated that the 100th EPT in Barcelona is going to be a historic event welcoming thousands of players.
Satellites for the EPT Barcelona Main Event are already running on PokerStars and some players have already claimed their seats, including EPT Copenhagen champion Mickey Petersen, EPT London winner David Vamplew, and PCA runner-up and EPT Dortmund champion Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald.
With all the preparatory works and general popularity of the European Poker Tour, there is no doubt that the first stop of EPT Season 11 in Barcelona will attract a great number of players. Last year, it was Englishman Tom Middleton who bested the field of 1,200+ players to emerge as the champion and take home €924,000 in prize money. The player who manages to repeat his success will most likely seize an even greater prize but, aside from that, will go down in poker history as the one who took down the jubilee 100th EPT Main Event!