EPT12 Prague festival starts this weekend

Alright, you know the story by now. EPT Prague will be big. EPT Prague will be brilliant. All that's left is the detail.

This year the festival will feature even more events. Somehow our people behind the scenes managed to find a way to squeeze 97 of them into the space of 12 days, everything from high rollers to special tournaments where you'll win €50 just for having pocket deuces (anyone else hear a quacking sound?).

It all takes place at the Prague Hilton. And while there is no snow forecast, the spirit of the season (schnapps, to give it the proper name) tends to create a joyous atmosphere, and not just among those walk away with six figure prizes.


big_prague_floor_small.jpgThe tournament room at EPT Prague

It starts properly this Sunday with the undercard, in this case the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event (with satellites running on Saturday). There are already nearly 400 players registered to play, with the field last year reaching 1,738. Eventually winner Balazs Botund walked away with €206,948.

Then comes the EPT.

The €50,000 Super High Roller which gets things started, followed a few days later by the €5,300 Main Event on Thursday December 10. Last year had a field of 1,107 filled the Hilton, making eventual winner Stephen Graner €969,000 richer.


stephen_graner_ept11_prague_winner_4dec15.jpgLast year's winner Stephen Graner

As well as the Main Event the highlights include a €50,000 Super High Roller, a single day €25,000 High Roller and a €10,300 High Roller to see out the year.

As Edgar Stuchly, President of the EPT put it: "EPT Prague always attracts a huge number of players and with a record number of tournaments on the schedule and a huge number of players expected to attend; this season's festival will be one of the biggest and best live events ever held by EPT."


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In all there will be 185 tables in action, including 35 dedicated to EPT-run 24 hour cash games. And while it might not interest you to know that they'll be more staff at this event than ever before, I'm telling you anyway.

You can find all the details of the festival - the chess/poker event, the €100 Deuces Wild "Quack Quack Half a Rack" tournament (see, I thought I heard quacking), and the first ever €200 Prague Open -- on the EPT Homepage.

You'll also find details of the €150 Charity Tournament, to be held in aid of the EPT's Season 12 charity partner, Right To Play on December 10. It's a great cause that we're happy to champion, one that promotes the educational power of various sports, games and play to help children and young people to overcome the effects of poverty, disease and war.

All of which you can read more about on the PokerStars Blog. Our coverage begins on Sunday with the Eureka's opening day. That's followed by Super High Roller coverage starting on Tuesday and the Main Event two days after that.

Then on December 12, Day 2 of the Main Event, James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and Matt Broughton will their coverage on EPT Live. They'll have live action of the Main event all the way through to the final table, throwing in some guest appearances, quizzes, promotions, and a little more.

Like I said, we know it's going to be big, and we know it's going to be brilliant. All we need now is the detail.

Full coverage from EPT Prague starts in Sunday, with coverage available on the PokerStars Blog.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.