There are quite a few live poker tournaments out there, but only a few manage to gain a reputation and a world leadership. Three tournaments really stand out in the global poker scene: WSOP (World Series of Poker), WPT (World Poker Tour) – and the EPT (European Poker Tour). The EPT is the leading poker event in the European Continent.
Now the EPT enters its eighth season, with some great venues planned to host the event: Deauville (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Madrid (Spain), Campione (Italy) and Berlin (Germany).
The entry fee this year is a whopping 5,300€ - so you need not take much to figure out that it will bring in some big names and huge prize pools. Just so you get a general idea, in the last two years the prize pool for the Berlin event reached a stunning 8.5 million € and PokerStars, the main sponsor of the event, believes that it will be even higher this year.
The number of poker professionals who sit themselves at the tables of the EPT is just mind-blowing. Players from more than 45 nations are expected to show up - and lots of great European names are included in this list. WSOP winner Pius Heinz, "Black Mamba" Sandra Naujoks and former tennis legend Boris Becker will travel to Berlin for the German leg of the tournament. The winner of last year's season, Ben Wilinofsky from Canada, is also expected to take part in the action.
The tournament has something to offer to players of all levels, from the main event, which will host Europe’s leading players to some side events and cash tournaments to be held parallel to the main event. We know one thing for sure - the eighth season of the European Poker Tour will be the highlight of the year 2012 in Europe.