The European Poker Tour announced the official stops and dates for the 11th season of travelling throughout Europe, providing the largest poker festivals to the players. Furthermore the EPT will be celebrating the 100th EPT and throw the biggest poker festival Europe has ever seen.
A total of five destinations have been confirmed by the EPT and all the stops will be running in conjunction with national and regional poker tournaments hosted by Pokerstars. This means that besides the EPT tournaments, there will a regional or national poker festival in the days up to each event as well.
The schedule released from EPT looks as follows:
- EPT Barcelona August 16 - 27, 2014; EPT Main Event August 21-27
- EPT London October 8-18, 2014; EPT Main Event October 12-18
- EPT Prague December 7-17, 2014; EPT Main Event December 11-17
- EPT Deauville January 27 – February 7, 2015, EPT Main Event February 1-7
- EPT Grand Final in Monte-Carlo April 29 - May 8, 2015 EPT Main Event May 2-5
Further stops will be announced later on, when the EPT and Pokerstars have finalized the agreements with more casinos around Europe.
EPT Barcelona will be joining the Estrellas Poker Tour, EPT London will be joining the UKIPT, EPT Prague is teaming up with Eureka Poker Tour and EPT Deauville have teamed up with France Poker Series, to provide the best possible experience and as many tournaments as possible for the players participating.
Changes will be incorporated in season 11 of the EPT, as new events are in the pipeline to attract new crowds to the festivals and allow as many individuals to play as possible. There will be a senior's event, which is for players of 50 years of age or older, a reduction in the buy-in for the Women's Event from €300 to €200 as well as the opportunity to qualify for the new "Championship Events", which includes HORSE and Stud events.
“Season 10 has been a tremendous success and we’ve had some great feedback from players who welcome the even greater variety of events at the festivals and the wide range of buy-ins. Partnering the local tours means our events are more accessible than ever before and we pride ourselves on providing the most professional playing environment available anywhere in the world. We will be building on this formula in Season 11 and, as always, constantly striving to enhance the player experience.” President of EPT, Edgar Stuchly said in a press release.