EPT announces new Season 8 stop: Loutraki, Greece
You might have noticed something about the European Poker Tour in recent weeks. You might have gotten this feeling that something was up, that the people behind the scenes had more than an ace up their sleeve. First, there was the announcement of new president Edgar Stuchly. Next came the record-breaking field at EPT Barcelona. Now, the EPT has yet another revelation. This autumn, the EPT will make its first-ever trip to Loutraki, Greece.
Just 85 km south of Athens, Loutraki is a seaside city on the Gulf of Cortinth named for its famous thermal baths. Also known for having one of the biggest casinos in all of Europe, Loutraki will now play host to the continent's biggest and richest poker circuit.
The inaugural Greek stop will take EPT players to the insanely nice beach-side Club Hotel Casino Loutraki November 15-20 for a five-day €4,400 main event and a full slate of side tourneys.
Loutraki has already proven itself to be a great poker stop. Two PokerStars-sponsored Greek Poker Cups events drew more than five hundred players earlier this year.
Greek players are also no stranger to the EPT. In recent years, Greek poker pros Konstantinos Alexiou and George "gkap13" Kapalas have made EPT final tables. Kapalas is one of three PokerStars-sponsored "Greek Challengers" who plan to play EPT Loutraki. He will join Alexis "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos and Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas for the main event.
"This is great news that the EPT will visit Greece. I'm truly excited to have such a prestigious tournament taking place in my country," Kapalas said.