The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) is widely accepted as being the premier poker tour across the world. At every stop it makes, hundreds of the world's best poker players enter its Main Event and numerous side events and there are those in the poker community who believe winning an EPT is more prestigious than winning a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Although the EPT attract players from all corners of the globe, Australian players are massively under-represented mainly due to the sheer size of the costs involved in attending a European-based tournament. Thankfully this could all change as PokerStars have not only lowered the number of stops on Season 9's to seven but they are running the EPTs after local tours. Not only that but during late-April and early-May the EPT has altered the schedule so there are three major events taking place consecutively.
EPT Berlin now takes place between April 17-27 (Main Event April 21-27) and immediately after it there will be the EPT Grand Finalour (IPT) San Remo festival taking place April 28-May 7. Then straight after San Remo there will be the season-ending EPT Grand Final from May 6-15 (Main Event May 6-12).
Whilst the costs of travelling from Australia to Europe will still be as high as they usually are, this rescheduling means that Australia's top pros can play in three major main events, countless side events within a month and during one long trip, cutting down on travel expenses dramatically as they will only have one return flight from Australia to Europe to pay for.
Will the changes to the schedule see you fly out to Europe in April for EPT Berlin, IPT San Remo and EPT Grand Final? We'd love to hear from you if you are and we look forward to reporting on you too!
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