PokerStars EPT Season 5 Grand Final Announced

Posted at 23:22 2009-02-23
Season five of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour is set to once again wrap up in spectacular fashion this year. It has been announced that Europe’s largest and richest seven-day poker extravaganza will be held in glamorous Monte Carlo, Monaco and is sure to attract the biggest and best players in the poker industry from April 27th to May 3rd 2009.
Fourteen separate events will be held at the PokerStars.com Monte Carlo EPT Grand Final and will be stretched across one phenomenal week of poker to provide breath-taking, non-stop action in one of the most stunning destinations in the world.
PokerStars know how to look after their players, and will once again be ensuring that poker fans from all over the globe have a plethora of opportunities to win their way to beautiful Monaco. Satellites are already running on PokerStars for the Main Event.
Last year’s EPT Grand Final Main Event attracted over 840 players with 22-year-old Canadian Glen Chorny taking home over €2 million for his victory. This year, all records are expected to be smashed with the €10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event anticipated to attract over 1,000 players, creating an estimated €10 million total prize pool! The Main Event is only one of the attractions for those players with deep pockets. Two new tournaments have been introduced - the three-day €25,000 European High Roller Championship and the two-day €5,000 European Pot Limit Omaha Championship.  Dedicated satellites will be running for the PLO tournament on PokerStars, offering a special three-day weekend prize package to Monte Carlo for qualifiers.
This year will also see an increase in the number of side events which will now include €5k, €2k, €1k and €500 NLHE tournaments as well as a €500 PLO re-buy event. Numerous live satellite tournaments are also scheduled including a unique super satellite tournament where players can win seats at any future PokerStars tour destination! This effectively gives players the chance to win a trip to almost anywhere on the planet!
On top of all of this, PokerStars is planning another Poker Camp during the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo event after the huge success of the Poker Camps held in Barcelona and the Bahamas. Members of Team PokerStars will be on hand to provide invaluable and interactive coaching sessions, with the camp tournament winner being awarded a PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo Main Event package.
As well as competing in satellites for Monte Carlo, PokerStars players will also – for the first time on the EPT circuit - be able to buy-in online to all scheduled tournaments directly through their PokerStars.com accounts. Online registration opens on April 20, 2009. Also for the first time ever, players who buy-in or qualify online for EPT Monte Carlo events will receive Frequent Player Points (FPP) for rewards in the PokerStars VIP Club.
"The other big news this year is that the EPT Grand Final Main Event structure is being changed to 30,000 in chips and 60-minute levels on Day 1, with 75-minute levels from Day 2. This will also be the structure for all Season Six PokerStars EPT Main Events.”
PokerStars EPT founder John Duthie said, "It is staggering to think that, at the very first EPT Grand Final in 2005, we had just 211 players and a total prize pool of €2 million. Last year, both player numbers and prize pool were four times that and this year, it looks likely that we'll smash the €10 million mark for total prize pool. The EPT Grand Final now sits at the very pinnacle of world poker events and will prove a massive draw for top players from all over the globe. The addition of the High Roller event, the new European PLO championship and myriad other side events will provide unending excitement for the players – it looks set to be an incredible week."
PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo Schedule

€ 500 + €50
Super Satellite to EPT Grand Final Main Event
April 27
€ 10,000 + €600
EPT Grand Final Main Event
April 28-May 3
€ 500 + €50
Super Satellite to EPT Grand Final Main Event Day 1b
April 28
€ 550 + €50
Super Satellite to High Roller Super Satellite
April 28 + 29
€ 500 + €50
Pot Limit Omaha - Unlimited Rebuys
April 29
€ 550 + €50
Super Satellite to High Roller Super Satellite
April 28 + 29
€ 5,000 + €250
No Limit Hold’em freezeout
April 30 + May 1
€ 2,500 + €200
Super Satellite to High Roller
April 30
€ 25,000 + €500
European High Roller Championship
May 1, 2 + 3
€ 2,000 + €150
No Limit Hold’em freezeout
May 1 + 2
€ 1,000 + €100
No Limit Hold’em freezeout
May 2 + 3
€ 5,000 + €250
European Pot Limit Omaha Championship
May 2 + 3
€ 500 + €50
No Limit Hold’em freezeout
May 3
€ 500 + €50
Super Satellite to Any PokerStars Tour - Unlimited Rebuys
May 2
$100 - unlimited
Battleship tournaments
€200 - unlimited
Cash SNGs

For more information on the EPT Grand Final and all EPT events, please see www.ept.com.

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