EPT8 Madrid: No less grand than it used to be


The European Poker Tour is in Madrid this week for the next leg of Season 8.

You may remember Madrid from past tournaments, such as EPT7 "the Grand Final" back in April of last year, where Ivan Freitez, the Venezuelan revolutionary seized power at the final table, trouncing the opposition on his way to an against-all-odds victory.

That wrapped up Season 7, in the sunshine and shadows of the Arroyo de Trofe mountains. This year things are a little different with the Madrid event staged as a regular season event at the Casino Gran Madrid.

This place was good enough for the Grand Final and it's good enough this week for a field of hundreds in the first event of the Spring; so long the icy gales of Deauville and the chill air of Copenhagen, this is a sunshine country and that brings with it optimism, good cheer and the sense that all will be well in the end.

The Town Hall in Madrid

Today the first of the day one flights will take their seat in the tournament room, downstairs from the casino floor where last year's event took place. The M.O. remains the same - play until you reach the final table on Saturday or bust out. We like to keep it simple.

For now prepare to spend the day refreshing the screen, casting judgement on people you've never met before and analysing the hell out of their every move. It'll be great.

Play starts at 12 noon.