Season 6 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) may have only just wrapped up in Monte Carlo a few weeks ago, but there’ll be no rest for the wicked as preparations are already underway for the next lap of Europe, with the first event to kick off in three months’ time.
Season 7 of the EPT will begin with a brand new EUR €4,250 buy-in event at the Swissotel in Tallinn, Estonia from August 11-16. It’s expected that the opening event will attract a large field, with over 300 players having made their way to the Estonian capital for the PokerStars Baltic Festival last October.
From there, the EPT will return to Vilamoura in Portugal and the highly popular Saalbach-Hinterglemm snowfields in Austria for the EPT Snowfest extravaganza. The poker faithful will also be delighted to know that despite the drama of the robbery that unfolded last season, Germany is back on board with EPT Berlin set to take place in April.
In all, 11 stops have been confirmed on the tour to date, with regular locations such as Barcelona, Prague, Deauville, San Remo and Copenhagen on the schedule, as well as the EPT ‘majors’ in London and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas(the EPT Grand Final is yet to be confirmed).
“The EPT just gets bigger and bigger each season and it shows the enthusiasm and passion players feel for our events,” said EPT founder and CEO John Duthie. “Season 6 had a thousand more players than in Season 5 and we expect the numbers to keep on growing. The prize pool last season was well over EUR €65 million – a EUR €4 million increase on the previous year. Side events also proved a major attraction in Season 6 and we expect participation in these to increase even more [in Season 7].”
PokerStars EPT Season 7 Schedule
EPT Tallinn - AUG 11-16 2010 (€4,000 + 250)***
EPT Vilamoura - AUG 28– SEP 2, 2010 (€5,000 + 300)*
EPT London - SEP 29 – OCT 4, 2010 (£5,000 + 250)*
EPT Barcelona - NOV 22-27, 2010 (€5,000 + 300)
EPT Prague - DEC 13-18, 2010 (€5,000 + 300)*
PCA - JAN 8- 14 2011 ($10,000 + 300)*
EPT Deauville - JAN 26-31, 2011 (€5,000 + 300)**
EPT Copenhagen - FEB 17-22, 2011 (35,000 + 2,250 DKK)**
EPT Snowfest - MAR 20-25, 2011 (€3,500 + 250)*
EPT Berlin - APR 5-10, 2011 (€5,000+ 300)
EPT San Remo - TBC (€5,000 + 300)*
* 3% of tournament prize-pool will be withheld to cover the costs of floor staff and dealers.
** 4% of tournament prize-pool withheld for government taxation
*** 5% of tournament prize-pool withheld for government taxation
Speaking of side events, the PokerStars United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) recently caught some attention when final table of Event 6 of UKIPT Nottingham was broadcast live on the web. For the very first time, the players’ hole cards were revealed in near-real-time using the Perlego automated card recognition system.
Developed by Press Association Sport, Perlego works by reading encrypted infra-red barcodes on the back of the cards, which are invisible to the naked eye but are picked up using a machine algorithm. The Perlego system also reads the community cards face-up, so it does not require hole-card cameras to be installed. This increases the speed of TV graphics generation and eliminates the need of manual hand transcriptions.
Given that it is such a brand new technology, the decision was made to trial the Perlego system in this side event rather than the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, as well as broadcasting the final table with a 15-minute delay. “Our primary consideration is the integrity of the event – which is why there [will be] a 15-minute delay on the broadcast,” said EPT spokesperson Jeffrey Haas.
“For many reasons surrounding trust and transparency, there was a lot of controversy when hole-card cameras were first introduced ... now they are not only commonplace but integral to the excitement of televised poker. This could be the future; however for now it is very much still a trial and we are keen to gauge our players’ and viewers’ reactions to this technology.”
Viewers can submit comments via the UKIPT website and if it proves to be successful, it has the potential to become a regular addition to all PokerStars live events worldwide!
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