With the European Poker Tour in temporary storage, we’re launching the next best thing this month. The EPT Online.
It will use the same unique festival format, the same action-filled schedule, and the same massive prize pools.
You could say the only difference (apart form the obvious one) is the playing field will be open to everyone, not just those travelling to places like Barcelona, Monaco or Prague.
What hasn’t changed though is the opportunity to become the next champion on the world’s most prestigious poker tour.
The EPT Online festival starts this month, running from 8 to 18 November on PokerStars.com.
There are tons of highlights to talk about, but here are some of the big ones.
- A full schedule of 20 tournaments, with $20 million guaranteed
- Buy-ins from $215 to $25,000
- Win real EPT Trophies
- Cards up coverage of key events
- Win tickets now with the $3 million Ticket Machine Promo
- A host of other promotions still to come.
PLUS… an entire replica schedule of EPT events at 1/100th the original buy-in.
Read on to find out more…
The 20–tournament schedule is designed to mimic exactly what you would expect at a live EPT festival.
So, as well as trophies for the winners, you can expect some familiar flagship events.
First up the $1.5 m guaranteed Arena Championship on the opening day of the festival.
Then on Tuesday 10 November the first six-figure high roller, with the $10K 8-Max Event.
That’s followed two days later by the $25K Super High Roller, and the $10K 6-Max High roller a day later.
But the biggest event of them all is the $5K Main Event on Sunday 15 November, with a whopping $5 million guaranteed.
At which point you may be thinking that the $5,000 price tag will keep you on the side lines?
Not so fast…
As part of the festival we’ll be giving way thousands of tickets for FREE, granting you entry into one of the biggest online events of the year.
You can also qualify for events for FREE in daily freebuy feeder tournaments.
We’ll be announcing details of that in the coming days. So keep an eye out for that.
But even if you don’t reach the bigger events in the EPT Online festival, there is another great way to take part.
Running directly alongside the EPT Online will be the Mini-EPT.
That means the exact same schedule, same big prize pools, but for a fraction of the buy-in.
One one-hundredths to be exact.
For instance, Event #1 of the EPT Online festival costs $1050 to play. The Mini-EPT equivalent costs just $11.
And there’s still $150,000 prize money guaranteed.
Check out the full Mini-EPT schedule below and start making plans.
Just like with other big series this year, like SCOOP and WCOOP, the biggest EPT Online events will be featured in our exclusive cards up coverage – just like a regular EPT festival.
That coverage starts on Wednesday 11 November. Here are the dates:
Wednesday 11 Nov: $10k High Roller Day 2 / Final Table
Thursday 12 Nov: $1k Arena Championship (?) Final Table
Friday 13 Nov: $25k Super High Roller Final Table
Monday 16 Nov: $5k Main Event Day 2
Tuesday 17 Nov: $5k Main Event Day 3
Wednesday 18 Nov: $5k Main Event Final Table
And if you want your EPT fix a little earlier, then we’re bringing back some EPT Retro broadcasts in the week before things begin.
Tuesday 3 Nov: EPT 7 London
Wednesday 4 Nov: EPT 7 Barcelona
Thursday 5 Nov: PCA 2011
Friday 6 Nov: EPT 7 Berlin
Monday 9 Nov: EPT 7 Grand Final (Madrid)
Tuesday 10 Nov: EPT Tournament of Champions (Madrid)
While the EPT Online festival is for dot com players only, you can take part in the EPT Cup which will be open to Southern Europe players in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy on 22 November.
It features a buy-in of €250 and a guaranteed prize pool of €200,000*.
They’ll be more to announce as we get closer to the start date, including brand new promotions and giveaways.
You’ll also be able to follow the action at every step here on the PokerStars Blog.
For now, you can find more details in the PokerStars tournament lobby.
Will you be playing? And if so, which events caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below.
Note: *This figure was amended from a previous incorrect figure.