PokerStars has just announced that it’s bringing back one of the European Poker Tour’s most popular stops – EPT Monte-Carlo. The luxurious Monte-Carlo Casino will once again play host to the action from April 28 to May 7, 2022.
PokerStars last held the EPT Monaco stop in 2019, just before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill and forced casinos and venues all over the world to shut their doors. Now, after two years of waiting, players and fans of the popular stop can finally get back into action at the Monte-Carlo Casino which is well-known for hosting some of the biggest EPT Main Events in history.
Biggest Winners at EPT Monte-Carlo
EPT Monte-Carlo awarded its first seven-figure prize back in 2009 to Gavin Griffin. The American poker pro outclassed a field of 706 entries to claim the Main Event title for a huge €1,825,010 in top prize. The Illinois native pulled off a Chris Moneymaker-style victory after qualifying for the tournament via a $240 online satellite tournament on PokerStars.
Glen Chorny and Pieter de Korver were also among the biggest winners at the EPT Monte-Carlo stop, each taking home at least €2,000,000 in top prize. Chorny holds the record for the biggest-ever EPT Main Event score after winning €2,020,000 in 2009. During that time, the euro-to-dollar exchange rate was high.
The reigning EPT Monte-Carlo champ is Manig Loeser. The German superstar captured the title in 2019 after besting more than 900 opponents. That victory earned him €603,777 in winnings.
Events to Watch for at 2022 EPT Monte-Carlo
The full schedule for the 10-day festival will be announced soon, but three major events have already been confirmed. Players should be on the lookout for a €100,000 buy-in EPT Super High Roller, as well as a €25,000 EPT High Roller.
Of course, the €5,300 buy-in Main Event is expected to attract the most attention making it a must-play tournament.
The €100,000 buy-in EPT Super High Roller will be a three-day affair, running from May 1-3. The same event was won in 2019 by Sergio Aldo for a massive €1,589,190 in top prize after battling it out with around 50 players.
The €25,000 EPT High Roller, which takes place from May 5-7 is also something players shouldn’t miss. In 2019, the event awarded €3,374,360 in total prize pool and the biggest slice worth €705,840 went to Benjamin Pollak who won the title after striking a deal with Koray Aldemir. The German pro took home €655,840 for his runner-up finish.
Aldemir, who won the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, is expected to take part in the Monte-Carlo stop in hopes of securing another major title.
The EPT Main Event will take place from May 2-7 and costs €5,300 to enter. Those with limited bankroll can win their way into the big event for a more affordable price via satellites running on PokerStars. Players can qualify for as low as €1.10.
More EU Live Poker Events Announced as Travel Restrictions Eased
The recent lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions to Europe has led to more live poker events being announced in the region. It will now be easier for poker players to compete in European tournaments as starting next week, vaccinated individuals will be able to enter EU countries without providing a negative COVID test, as per recommendation from the European Council. One of the first countries to apply the recommendation is Italy.
The event in Monte Carlo is the latest addition to the EPT’s 2022 season. The tour will also return to Prague in March and the event will be open to all players regardless of their vaccination status.