European Poker Tour (EPT) Winners
|Roland de Wolfe
What is the European Poker Tour
The European Poker Tour, better known by it’s abbreviation “EPT” is a series of poker tournaments that runs each year. It attracts the best poker players due to the prestige of winning an EPT title and the high prize money generated by the 5,000 Euro buy in.
The EPT was created by John Duthie, who is a poker player who became known by winning a World Poker Tour title in the Poker Million WPT tournament of season 4. Pokerstars also promote and sponsor the tour as well as being part owners along with Duthie.
Growth of the EPT
The tour has been well supported by players over the years since it started in 2004 and has grown to be a world class poker event. Each tournament is filmed for television broadcast and features on various TV channels across the World.
Locations of the Tour
The locations that the EPT visits are luxurious and include some of the most famous cities and casino’s in Europe. The most prestigious is probably the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco which hosts the Grand Final of the tour with a 10,000 Euro buy in, double the amount of the other events which carry a 5,000 Euro buy in.
Other stops on the tour include London, Barcelona, Prague, Deaville in France, Berlin, San Remo and they even stretch the definition of Europe by visiting the paradise of the Bahamas for the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) which is included as an official event on the tour.
Controversy in Berlin
There was controversy at the 2010 EPT event in Berlin, after it was targeted by criminals. 4 masked men armed with knives and guns stormed the casino where the event was being held. Reports suggest that the criminals got away with 242,000 Euros.
Certainly a very scary event for the players who were taking part in the EPT event, but the good news is that no one was seriously hurt in the attack and the tournament continued as normal after everything had calmed down.
Expansion of the Poker Tour
Pokerstars has used the format that has been developed by the European Poker Tour to similar tours in other areas of the world, including the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) and the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) amongst many others.
Each of the tours gives players a chance to compete in world class poker events without having to travel too far like they would if they wanted to participate in the World Series of Poker, or the World Poker Tour.