EPT Deauville: Wanna play the whole EPT? It's a 20,000 mile round trip!

The bubble period is never easy, regardless of where you're from, but it was particularly harsh in Deauville yesterday for the two remaining players in the field from Brazil. Luciano Santos De Hollanda and Nicolau Villa-Lobos both had short stacks when it came close to crunch time, and the former went out two off the money, the latter four spots after the bubble had burst.

It is approximately 9,079 kilometres from Deauville to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and the pair managed to earn €8,810 between them. That's not even a euro per kilometre travelled. But such is the life of the travelling poker pro: you have to pay your money to take your chance.


Nicolau Villa-Lobos: A long way to come from Brazil


Luciano Santos de Hollanda: And a long way home...

Villa-Lobos said earlier in the day that he was actually in Europe for a skiing trip and a series of events in Austria, so it's not like he just dropped in especially for this event. But it got me thinking of how many air miles you would need to rack up in order to play the whole of the European Poker Tour.

Let's say you live in Tállya, Hungary, which is (at least by some calculations) the geographical centre of Europe. Your annual commute should be the shortest of all, and you'd also be doing it during the shortest season of the EPT in modern times. (Previously there have been significantly more stops than the seven stops of Season 11.)


The beautiful city of Tállya, our home for this hypothetical experiment

First up, you're off to Barcelona. Distance between Tállya and the Catalan capital: 902 kilometres. (All of these distances are as the crow flies, based on the calculations of this distance calculator. We have a private helicopter, of course.) You're not going to go straight from there to London, the next stop, so it's a 1,804 kilometre round trip.

Tállya to London is only 1,450 kilometres, making that a 2,900-kilometre return visit (running total: 4,704km). And after that, you're packing your bags for Prague, practically around the corner at a mere 440 kilometres. If you want to get home for Christmas, you're looking at making that an 880 kilometre round trip (running total: 5,584km), and you might as well, because next you're off the the Bahamas, and Hungary is pretty much on the way.

It won't surprise many to learn that the trip to the Caribbean is the longest of the tour, 8,448 kilometres, to be precise, from Tállya. That's a long old trip, 16,996 kilometres there and back, which brings our running total to 22,480km.

After the trip to the PCA -- let's say we won that, so our bankroll is fine -- we want to play the rush and head here to Deauville. That's further than you might think from Tállya, 1,413 kilometres to be precise, so a total 2,826 is going on the clock. (Running total: 25,306km)

The next stop on this year's calendar is the puddle jump to Malta, which runs at 1,340 kilometres. Back to Tállya to recharge after that, and our tally is up to 27,986km.

After Malta this year, we are off to Monaco for the Grand Final and it's quite a long way from our modest abode in Hungary to the lavishness of Monte Carlo, 1,476 kilometres to be precise. Assuming we don't get press-ganged on to a luxury yacht and made to swab the decks for an oligarch for the rest of our lives, we can head back to Tállya, completing a 2,942 kilometre round trip.

That brings our season's tally to 30,928km or, in old money, 19,217 miles.

Although under the British Airways Avios scheme, that'll likely earn you about half a trip from London to Edinburgh, the distance is actually not much less than a trip around the world, which is considered to be 40,075km (24,901 miles).


This little experiment actually got me thinking again: where should someone live who wants to play on the European Poker Tour, but to travel the shortest distance possible. After a bit of searching on Google, I landed on Geomidpoint.com, which allows a user to input a series of destinations across the globe and then calculate the mid-point of all of them.

For Season 11 of the EPT, we're going to Barcelona, London, Prague, the Bahamas, Deauville, Malta and Monaco, leaving our mid-point somewhere in the Bay of Biscay, due west of Nantes in France (see map below; click for larger image).


The geographical centre of the EPT

If, however, we take out the PCA then the optimum spot to live in Europe -- if you're so obsessed by the EPT that you'll allow it to determine where you live -- is the small town of Aime, in south east France, close to the border with Italy and Switzerland. We're a short hop from both Geneva and Turin, and not at all far from Val-d'Isere. Does anyone know what the property prices are like?


Geographical centre, excluding PCA (click for larger image)

Look forward to more of this fun next season, when we potentially visit a few new destinations too.

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Howard Swains
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