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Guide to Season 5 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour

It seems almost unbelievable that John Duthie’s simple plan to bring organized poker tournaments to the European players is now celebrating its fifth season! With a diverse and expanding set of tournament stops across from Barcelona to Monte Carlo and an ever-increasing prize pool, EPT has developed into one of the best poker circuits in the world and the pro poker circuit in Europe has never been stronger.
The fifth season of the EPT right around the corner, and with a worldwide and professional television production, a seasoned tournament staff led by Thomas Kremser, and the sponsorship of online poker powerhouse PokerStars, it promises to carry on the tradition of innovation, growth and excitement.

EPT’s Added Value
The EPT is rapidly becoming the favorite of the pro poker circuits for many professional players and it’s easy to understand why. The World Poker Tour (WPT) features fields that are tough, all the more so because of their fast structures, while the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is known for its mind-blowingly large fields and an intense 6 weeks in Vegas. In contrast, the EPT is known for being relatively relaxed, and with many players new to the pro poker tournament scene. This is due in no small part to the diverse and historic casinos and unique culture encountered in every city.

New Attractions and Innovations for Season 5

We’ve come to expect innovation from the EPT and this season, the EPT will remain true to its tradition of new destinations and clever improvements.

Specifically, some smart changes made by the casinos and organizers will surely add some more heart-pounding moments to an already exciting experience. For instance, London will feature a special "High Roller" tournament in October, a no-limit Texas Hold ‘em event with a huge buy-in of £20,000 + £300 and a guaranteed first prize of £1M! Clearly this new addition will make things in London pretty wild, drawing the highest of rollers on the European circuit.

Season Five take us on a tour of ten destinations, including the return of the Deauville, France event which was on hiatus for Seasons Three and Four. As we’ve come to expect, the new season will also feature a new addition to the Tour. Building on the phenomenal success of recent EPT launches in Prague and Warsaw, Season 5 will stop in the lovely Budapest, Hungary, featuring a mix of old world charm and cosmopolitan life on straddling the banks of the Danube river and accentuating poker’s remarkable growth in Central and Eastern Europe.

The €4,350 No Limit Hold’em Hungarian Open takes place October 28-November 1 at the Las Vegas Casino in the Sofitel Hotel, is capped at 500 players, so if you don’t make it in, make sure you check out Budapest’s broad turn-of-the-century avenues, leafy parks and elaborate bathhouses to understand why it’s known as the 'Paris of Central Europe'.

PokerStars: The Best Friend an EPT Can Have

Of course, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. PokerStars is the official sponsor and has proved itself to be a great supporter of the European Poker Tour both through its coverage and through its online poker satellite tournaments. They do great live reporting and bring an army of blog writers to deliver the personalized stories to the people in real-time.

PokerStars is also the home of the best satellites for the tour, with shots at winning entries for every single stop. EPT satellites are comprehensive and inexhaustibly running around the clock on PokerStars, including their world-famous 'Step Satellites' offering an inexpensive way to qualify over a series of escalating buy-in sit and goes.

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