The European Poker Tour has announced a Grand Final shift from beautiful Monte Carlo to stunning Madrid for the conclusion of season seven.
One of the strongest poker tours in the world today, the PokerStars.net European Poker Tour (EPT) has been one tour that has undergone very little change during its seven year existence.
Apart from adding a few stops here and there and upping the buy-in back in season four, the stops each season have normally been repeat offenders. However, it seems as though Spain will be the only country to hold an event each season after it was recently announced that the season-ending EPT Grand Final will no longer be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
With Spain already holding an event in Barcelona (with Sweden’s Kent Lundmark claiming the title this season), Spain will now host a second event as the Casino Gran Madrid will play host to one of the biggest tournaments on the circuit with the EPT Grand Final hitting town from May 7th – 12th, 2011.
“It is with the greatest pleasure that we are able to announce Casino Gran Madrid as the new venue for the EPT Grand Final. We wanted somewhere new, dynamic and inspiring, and knew that Madrid would tick all the boxes for the travelling poker player, regardless of age or desires. The same familiar team will be running the event and the schedule will, I am sure, provide something for everyone. All the usual qualifying satellites will be held on PokerStars.com and other regional versions of the site, giving all players of all nationalities the opportunity to join us in launching from our new home,” announced EPT chief executive John Duthie on the reasons for switching locations.
The highlight of the EPT Grand Final festival will be undoubtedly the €10,600 No Limit Holdem Main Event which is expected to attract a capacity field featuring some of the best players from around Europe and the world. And if last year’s figures of 848 players and a €1,700,000 first prize are anything to go by, then there will be one very happy player kicking back in Madrid in just a few months’ time! As always, the Grand Final will also feature a full schedule of side events including the highly anticipated €25,000 High Roller event along with many others that will sure to please the tournament junkie booking their flights to the land of the bull fighter.
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu stated, “I’m excited about the move to Madrid and I’m looking forward to seeing what the capital has to offer. Poker is booming in Spain so you can expect a decent number of local players to attend and ensure a juicy prize pool.”
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