Today begins what should be an exciting tournament in southwestern France — the En Route pour l’EPT event at the Casino Gujan-Mestras.
The €200 Main Event kicks off at today with satellites continuing to run through tomorrow. No less than 53 PokerStars qualifiers will be playing the Main Event, three of whom freerolled their way into the tournament.
Also taking part will be social media stars Luan Aoas Correa and Bilal Benyoucef, as well as Team PokerStars Pro Kalidou Sow.
Yesterday there were already 600 registered for the Main Event, and with four Day 1 flights (Wednesday, Thursday, and two on Friday) the field will only grow larger.
Besides first prize money, the winner of the event will receive package worth €9,210 to travel and play EPT Barcelona (August 20-September 1) — hence the name “En Route pour l’EPT.”
There is an additional €500 High Roller event starting on Saturday, for which players can satellite in as well. Meanwhile as both tournaments play down to final tables and winners on Sunday, there are plenty of other events and activities happening.
Outdoor games are taking place on each of the next three nights during the dinner hours, with prizes for those who take part in the competitions. There are multiple Sit & Go’s scheduled as well, including one on Friday in which Sow and others will be playing with bounties on their heads. There’s a player party, too, on Saturday night.
Also happening in Gujan on Sunday will be the final table of the EPT Experience. After winning their seats online (in satellites starting as little as €0.50), the final table players will compete in a one-table tournament for another EPT Barcelona package
EPT Experience winners and their guests will get to enjoy other activities as well, including a special get-together with Kalidou Sow and a two-hour boat excursion around the nearby Bassin d’Arcachon.
The event is sure to be a blast, and a great opportunity for players in France and nearby to come enjoy a low buy-in tournament experience that could pave the way to a trip to play on the EPT!
Find out more about En Route pour l’EPT at Gujan-Mestras (including a full schedule) at the French PokerStars Blog.