EPT10 Grand Final: The season finale gets under way

Welcome to Day 9 of EPT Sanremo, apologies, Day 1A of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. It has been a long spell here on the Riviera but today we can finally say that the end is in sight for this tenth year of the EPT, with what is usually a thriller to end the season.

As far as the festival is concerned everything is at full speed. The Super High Roller final table, heavily populated by raiders from Macau, plays to a finish this afternoon, with full coverage on EPTLive. But today, on another glorious day on the Mediterranean, the first flight of the Main Event finally begins.


Le Sporting at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel

If numbers from the prologue events are anything to go by this should be a memorable end to the season. The French Poker Series shoehorned in a field of more than 800 players at Le Sporting, many of whom are sticking around for a shot at the Main Event. For some it'll be the only way to pay the hotel bill, for others it will be the prize -- title of one of poker's biggest crowns -- that keeps them engaged.

How that story pans out will be unveiled over the coming seven days, with the final table this coming Friday. Hoping to still be here by then will be a full cast of Team PokerStars Pros and the game's great and good. The game's aristocracy tend to excel here. In recent years the likes of Nicolas Chouity, Mohsin Charania and Steve O'Dwyer have lifted the trophy. And while we salute the efforts of Ivan Freitez when he won the Grand Final in its single Madrid incarnation, this place does seem to get the best from the very best.

That's what we'll be hoping for as players take their seats today, the first of two day one flights before they join together on Monday.

As always you'll find coverage of every moment of play on the PokerStars Blog. They'll be the usual selection of articles and interviews with the players, as well as live coverage on our Main Event widget in the top right corner of this page.

You can also double down with the super high roller coverage throughout the day, although even though that has yet to start, and the players haven't even arrived yet, Ole Schemion will probably win.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.