The PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) today announced a packed schedule for the 100th EPT, which will take place in Barcelona, the debut event of Season 11.
Joining forces with the national Estrellas Poker Tour once again, the festival will feature a total of 43 events between August 16 to 27, 2014. In common with all next season’s events, EPT Barcelona will feature several new tournament formats enabling as many players as possible the chance to compete. The 12-day festival will include brand new dedicated €200 and €1k Seniors Events (for ages 50+) and a reduced buy-in for the Women’s Event (from €300 to €200). There will also be the opportunity to qualify online for a wider range of events, including new “Championship Events” being held at most stops. In Barcelona, there will be a €1k PLO Hi/Lo Championship event, a €1k Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Championship and a €1k No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Championship – all 8 handed.
EPT Barcelona will continue the successful Season 10 formula of offering players a wide range of lower buy-in “fun” events including a €100 Deuces Wild tourney and €200 NL Turbo Deepstack “Win the Button” event. There will also be more satellites than ever before online.
With more than 9,000 entries overall, last season’s EPT Barcelona Poker Festival was a staggering success, the start of a season that broke numerous records and attracted more players than ever before. The Season 11 EPT Barcelona festival is expected to set new European prize pool and attendance records and will kick off with the €1k Estrellas Main Event (which last year attracted a record 1,798 entries), followed by the €50,000 Super High Roller and the €5,300 EPT Main Event. Up to 20 extra tables are being made available for numerous events after sell-out attendances last year.
EPT President Edgar Stuchly said: “Season 10 was such a huge success that we are very excited about the 100th EPT in Barcelona. It’s going to be a historic event and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of players to Casino Barcelona to take part.”
The key dates include:
• €1k Estrellas Main Event: August 16-21, 2014
• €300 Estrellas Mini: August 16-21, 2014
• €50k Super High Roller: August 18-20, 2014
• €200 Women’s Event: August 24, 2014
• €5,300 EPT Main Event: August 21-27, 2014
• €10k High Roller: August 25-27, 2014
Qualifiers for the EPT Barcelona Main Event are already running once or twice a day on PokerStars, with four on Sundays. The satellites offer a range of buy-in levels and different packages up for grabs. More than 50 players have already won their seats including EPT Copenhagen champion Mickey Petersen, EPT London winner David Vamplew, Eureka Prague finalist Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, PCA runner-up and EPT Dortmund champion Mike “Timex” McDonald and Shaun Deeb. There are numerous feeder satellites available and the number of qualifiers will be stepped up in the weeks to come. For full schedule details, please see //www.ept.com/tournaments/barcelona/