EPT London: Admitted bias notwithstanding...
Of course I'm going to favour London as a venue for both the UKIPT and the EPT; it's my adopted hometown. I don't feel that I'm betraying my roots by flying the flag for this festival (I'll always be a Yorkshire man at heart), but it's where the EPT was born and 'The Vic' was where I first sat down and played 7-card stud long before Texas Hold'em had been imported into the UK and long before Poker became the mainstream sport it is today.
There's something about the Edgware Road that I personally love. I know others aren't that mad about it, but where else can you see walnut-faced men smoking hookahs, wafting the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon up side-streets, where their brothers play backgammon and pick at the best Lebanese cuisine in London - try getting that on the Vegas Strip!
The EPT festival outgrew the card room at The Vic and is now run in the conference centre of the Hilton Metropole Hotel. This lends us the space to run various events side by side and also makes it much more comfortable for the players as the tables don't need to be stacked up against each other like they used to be prior to the move.
There's a great selection of events from 5-card Omaha 8 or better, thru mixed games to Heads-Up and High Roller Hold'em events later in the schedule. Throughout there are smaller buy-in events and satellites to suit all budgets.
Now some of you will have already made the decision to travel to this event and others will be pondering whether or not to come. There are still satellites available on PokerStars and also at The Vic and other selected live venues, if you happen to live within travelling distance, but for those of you already qualified or decided then you're in for a great festival of poker.
The full schedule makes it pretty certain you're going to find something that appeals to your playing style, experience and bankroll.
I'm going to playing as many events as I can with the exception of the Ladies event and hope that maybe I can pick up my first EPT title; I mean miracles do happen don't they?