EPT Season 11
Every year, the European Poker Tour is looking to retain all the good from its previous seasons, while adding a new attraction and tweaking the schedule here and there to better suit players’ needs. Season 11 kicked off with the Barcelona stop, which is a regular fixture, but afterwards, things have been changed up a bit. The London event followed as usual and it went down in October again, as the second stop of EPT 11.
The Main Event of the London stop saw its buy-in reduced a bit too, and thusly, it has managed to set a new attendance record. In addition to other such minor tweaks, the Season 11 schedule has seen two truly massive changes. For one thing: the Berlin stop has been dropped entirely, so Season 11 will feature 7 stops only, one down from last season’s 8. Another destination that will not see the EPT 11 caravan stop this season is Italy’s Sanremo. Instead of Sanremo, a new, exciting and potentially massively successful new stop has been added, the EPT Malta.
The penultimate stop of the European Poker Tour’s Season 11, the Malta stop brings top-level poker smack into the middle of the Mediterranean, long a preferred destination for EPT organizers.
Taking place between March 18 and 28, the EPT Malta will be the European Poker Tour’s first ever stop in the Republic of Malta. Hosted by the Portomaso Casino, the event will also feature Italian Poker Tour tournaments, keeping in line with the EPT’s strategy to co-opt a number of different regional poker tours, thus further boosting its attendance.
With the Barcelona and London stops already in the EPT history books, the next stop of the EPT 11 will be the Prague one. This stop has retained its traditional pre-Christmas position, taking place between December 7 and 17. It will once again coincide with the traditional Christmas fair of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Kicking off the New Year on the right foot will be the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure once again, taking place between January 6 and 14. The PCA is without a doubt one of the biggest stops of the season and it will doubtlessly steal all the limelight again come 2015.
The PCA is followed by the Deauville stop, set to run between January 28 and February 7. The Deauville stop will once again play host to the Main Event of the France Poker Series.
Hot on the heels of the Malta stop is the final stage of the Season, the Monte Carlo Grand Final, set to take place from April 29 to May 8.
Needless to say, the main sponsor of the EPT 11 is once again PokerStars, and that means one thing for savvy players: besides being able to buy into most of the events directly from the site, they will also get to play in a huge number of online qualifiers, which are aimed at sending players to the EPT11 Main Events for a fraction of the actual cost.