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European Poker Tour – Vilamoura


The first ever EPT event organized in Vilamoura, in Portugal, was such a resounding success that the Tour has returned to the location every year after that. The Vilamoura stop will be the second one of the 7th season and all details concerning the Main and side events have been ironed out.

Last year, the Main Event attracted a starting field comprised of 322 players. The final table brought together a pretty interesting crowd: Jan Skampa, fresh off his EPT Prague win was there, together with Michel Abecassis and Jeff Sarwer. The heads-up battle in the end was fought between Antonio Matias and Pierre Neuville though. Matias was the one who walked away with the €404,793 top prize.

This year, the Main Event, taking place at the Casino Vilamoura on August 28th- September 2nd, is set to be much bigger than last year’s though. The €5,300 direct buy-in may seem to be a little steep, but the fact that the player cap has been raised to 700 may be a telltale clue regarding the organizers’ expectations.

How to Qualify for the EPT’s Vilamoura Main Event?

Qualifying is of course possible online at PokerStars. How do you go about it? Simple: download the PokerStars software and access the EPT section under the “Events” tab. EPT Vilamoura qualifiers start from as little as 100 FPPs or €5.45. The prize packages awarded to winners include the buy-in to the Main Event, accommodation as well as some spending money.

Players have to be 18 or older to be allowed to play in any of the Vilamoura events.

There’s an interesting rule in place at the EPT’s Vilamoura stop, regarding photos. If you reckon having someone take a picture of you as you rake in chips at the Casino Vilamoura is a good idea, think again. No pictures can be taken and no video can be shot inside the premises. The breaking of the rule may even result in the closure of the EPT, so make sure you do not forget about it and you do not have yourself banned from all future PokerStars-sponsored events.

While a detailed schedule of the actual events that will take place from August 28th to September 2nd has not yet been released, it is certain that you’ll be able to earn a Main Event seat on the spot, through super satellites for much less than the direct buy-in.



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