The European Poker Tour (EPT) will kick off the 2022 season this March with its long-awaited return to Prague. The festival is set to run from March 5-16, at King’s Casino, Hilton Prague Hotel. With the full schedule now out, it will be a busy few weeks ahead for players and fans of the popular series.
2022 EPT Prague Highlights
The festival features more than 50 events with buy-ins ranging from €330 all the way up to €50,000. The schedule is comprised mainly of No-Limit Hold’em tournaments taking on various formats including knockout, hyper turbo, deep stack, short deck, hyper turbo knockout, and freezeout.
The events to be on the lookout for include the €1,100 buy-in EPT National, which features four starting flights and runs from March 6-10, the €330 buy-in EPT Cup which takes place from March 8-9, and the main highlight of the festival, the EPT Prague Main Event, which runs from March 10-16. It costs €5,300 to enter and has two starting flights.
The schedule also includes a $50,000 buy-in EPT Super High Roller, the biggest buy-in event of the series, which runs from March 9-11. There’s also a €2,200 buy-in EPT National High Roller (March 9-10), and €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller (March 14-16).
PokerStars is currently hosting plenty of online satellites to two of the key tournaments on the schedule, the EPT Prague Main Event and EPT National.
Those keen on securing a seat into the EPT Prague Main Event for a fraction of the price may take part in direct satellites running every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday on PokerStars. Players only need to pay a €530 buy-in for a chance to win €7,200 worth of EPT Package.
Sub-satellites are also available for those with limited bankrolls, plus there are freerolls through which players can earn a seat into the €22 qualifier and advance into the €530 main satellite at zero costs.
Direct satellites for the EPT National also take place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with an entry fee of €162. Players will compete for a €2,500 EPT Package. Just like the Main Event, PokerStars is also running a host of sub-satellite events for those with modest bankrolls.
Apart from these online qualifiers, King’s Casino is also expected to host multiple live poker satellites for several tournaments during the festival.
Mystery Bounty Tournament
Another reason to get excited about the upcoming festival is the introduction of a new Mystery Bounty tournament. It’s the first time that a mystery bounty event is taking place at EPT Prague. It comes with a €2,700 buy-in, €1,925 of that goes to the regular prize pool, while €500 belongs to the Mystery Bounty pool. The Mystery Bounty element takes effect on Day 2 of the tournament during which a bounty token is handed out to each remaining player.
Whenever a player knocks out an opponent, they win the bounty token of that eliminated player. The player gets the chance to convert the token into a cash prize of up to €50,000 depending on the envelope chosen. The minimum prize contained in the envelope is €500.
Mystery bounty tournaments took center stage last year when a truck driver hailing from Omaha, Nebraska won $250,000 in mystery bounty after taking part in the $2,200 Mystery Bounty tournament which ran as part of the 2021 Wynn Fall Classic.
Donald Nimneh eliminated an opponent with ace-queen vs. ace-jack. He then proceeded to draw the envelope containing the highest bounty of $250K. While he did not advance further in the tournament, Nimneh was able to transform his €2,200 buy-in to a $260,284 payday.
The EPT Prague Mystery Bounty tournament takes place from March 12-14.