The first half of the most recent season of the European Poker Tour (EPT) is winding down, but the tour’s season is far from over. Season Six has already seen stops in Kiev, Barcelona, London and Warsaw and the next EPT destination is a new tournament in Vilamoura, Portugal from November 17th-22nd.
A recent press release from the European Poker Tour revealed there were new stops and surprises in order for the second half of the season as well.  In addition to longtime EPT events like EPT San Remo and the Grand Finale in Monte Carlo, the tour will also feature a new EPT Snowfest event to be held in the Austrian ski destination the Alpine Palace in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The tour will also include more side events at the various destinations in order to cater to a wider range of bankrolls and get more players involved.
“The spectacular success of the EPT London Poker Festival a few weeks ago shows that players really relish the chance to play more side events, with a variety of games and buy-in”, explained EPT Chief Executive John Duthie. “We had huge names entering – and winning – these events which created massive interest throughout the week. With 730 players, the Main Event broke the record for the biggest poker tournament ever held in the UK!”
The EPT London event was won by American online poker pro Aaron Gustavson, and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate put up an impressive showing as well with a runner-up finish. The London event also included a host of side events offering everything from 8 Game to Pot Limit Omaha to a Ladies event.
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas will be offering an even more exhaustive list of side events with more than 50 tournaments on schedule for the eleven day event. This year’s PCA, which is being co-hosted by the EPT, Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) and Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) will take place from January 4th-14th of next year. Similar poker festivals are being planned for the upcoming EPT stops in San Remo and Monte Carlo as well.
Buy-ins for the second half of the season range from €3,500 + €250 for the EPT Snowfest Main event to €10,000 + €600 for the prestigious Monte Carlo Grand Finale, which will cap off the eleven event season at the end of April.
Here is the schedule of the remaining events on tap for Season Six of the EPT:
Nov. 16-21, 2009: EPT Vilamoura, Portugal (€5,000 buy-in)
Dec. 16, 2009: EPT Prague ( €5,000 buy-in)
Jan. 4-14, 2010: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ($10,000 buy-in)
Jan. 20-25, 2010: EPT Deauville (€5,000 buy-in)
Feb. 16-21, 2010: EPT Copenhagen (35,500 DKK buy-in)
Mar. 2-7, 2010: EPT Germany — Location and buy-in TBD
Mar. 21-26, 2010: EPT Snowfest (€3,500 buy-in)
April 15-21, 2010: EPT San Remo (€5,000 buy-in)
April 25-30, 2010: EPT Grand Final (€10,000 buy-in)

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