A chapter in poker history is set to close and a new one will begin with the closure of the PokerStars European Poker Tour and the advent of the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events. However, before that can happen, the EPT will go out with a bang with EPT Prague, the final event in one of poker's most beloved tours.
Prague has been a mainstay on the EPT for years, so it's perhaps fitting the final EPT event will be there. EPT Prague was added to the schedule way back in 2007 when the EPT expanded to 11 events and it's stayed on the schedule ever since with this year being the 10th stop in the Czech capital of over 1.2 million.
This year's EPT Prague schedule kicked off Dec. 8 with a €10,300 preliminary event. Stefan Schillhabel took down the event yesterday, banking €248,046.
Today, it really gets going with the €50,000 Super High Roller. The €5,300 Main Event runs Dec. 13-19. Here's a look at the major events on the schedule:
|Dec. 8-10||€10,300 NLHE|
|Dec. 9-13||€1,100 Eureka Main Event|
|Dec. 11-13||€50,000 Super High Roller|
|Dec. 12-13||€2,200 Eureka High Roller|
|Dec. 13-19||€5,300 EPT Main Event|
|Dec. 14||€25,500 Single-Day High Roller|
|Dec. 17-19||€10,300 High Roller|
As one can see, there's plenty of action in store for the deep-pocketed among the poker community. However, the €1,100 Eureka Main Event will be a huge tournament for those looking to spend a little less — last year, the event drew nearly 1,900 entries and awarded a first-place prize of €311,000.
The Main Event field should also be a big one. Chock-full of online qualifiers, experienced high-stakes pros and recreational players, the event drew over 1,000 runners each of the past three years, peaking with a record 1,107 in 2014. That event was won by American Stephen Graner for €969,000. Other past winners of EPT Prague include Roberto Romanello (2010), Martin Finger (2011) and Julian Track (2013). The defending champ this year is Hossein Ensan of Iran, who took the lion's share of a chop last year, banking €754,510.
In addition to the above schedule, there will also be a laundry list of side events, turbos, and satellites.
As usual, PokerNews will be on hand for live coverage of all of the major events at PokerStars EPT Prague, starting today with the €50,000 Super High Roller. For any and all information about EPT Prague, including hotels, flights, a full schedule and payment information, PokerStars has it covered right here.