Barcelona, Malta and Prague back as EPT announces Season 13
As EPT President Edgar Stuchly put it, it has been a record breaking 12th Season on the European Poker Tour, with the biggest schedule ever and a record breaking number of players. Now, as the last festival of the season approaches its conclusion, it's time to look ahead to what will come next.
Stuchly make the announcement a few minutes ago, releasing the dates of the next three EPT events that will be played before Christmas. The destinations look familiar, but the schedules themselves promise even more for players, whether Super High Rollers, mortal professionals or amateurs looking for a big win.
Season 13 starts in the traditional way, with a summer jaunt to Barcelona. We then head to Malta, before spending 13 days in Prague ahead of Christmas.
Here are some of the highlights you can expect at each festival.
EPT13 Barcelona: August 16 to 28, 2016
Barcelona kicks off the new season once more with a 13 day festival at the iconic Casino Barcelona.
Last season's Barcelona festival was the most successful stop in the tour's history with a total of 5,738 unique players participating in 71 tournaments and generating close to €40 million in prize money. Seasoned poker pro John Juanda took down the biggest EPT Main Event ever held for €1,022,593 after beating a 1,694-strong field.
Here's what to look forward to:
August 17, 2016 (3-day) NL - Hold'em €10,000 + €300
August 17, 2016 (6-day) Estrellas Main Event €1,000 + €100
August 17, 2016 (6-day) PokerStars Cup €400 + €40
August 20, 2016 (3-day) Super High Roller €48,500 + €1,500
August 21, 2016 (3-day) Estrellas High Roller €2,000 + €200
August 22, 2016 (7-day) EPT Main Event €5,000 + €300
August 23, 2016 NL - Holdem - Single Day €25,000 + €500
August 26, 2016 (3-day) EPT High Roller €10,000 + €300
August 26, 2016 (3-day) PokerStars Open €200 + €20
EPT13 Malta: October 18 to 29, 2016
The EPT will make its return to Malta at the Portomaso Casino from October 18-29. Scottish poker professional Niall Farrell took down last season's Main Event, beating 651 players for a €534,330 payday, the biggest live cash of his career.
The popular Mediterranean tourist destination made its debut in Season 11 and was an instant hit with players, offering a packed poker schedule coupled with fantastic amenities a stone-throw from the Casino.
October 18, 2016 (3-day) NL - Hold'em €10,000 + €300
October 19, 2016 (5-day) IPT Main Event €1,000 + €100
October 19, 2016 (5-day) PokerStars Cup €300 + €30
October 21, 2016 (3-day) €25K High Roller €25,000 + €750
October 22, 2016 (2-day) IPT High Roller €2,000 + €200
October 23, 2016 (7-day) EPT Main Event €5,000 + €300
October 24, 2016 NL - Holdem - Single Day €10,000 + €200
October 27, 2016(3-day) EPT High Roller €10,000 + €300
October 27, 2016 (3-day) PokerStars Open €200 + €20
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EPT13 Prague: December 7 to 18, 2016
As always, the final stop before Christmas will be the massive EPT Prague Poker Festival. Last season's event in the Czech Republic featured what was - at the time - the biggest EPT schedule ever with 97 events.
Over 3,400 players competed in the Season 12 festival with nearly 16,000 separate tournament entries and more than €24.5 million awarded in prize money.
Here's what to look forward to:
December 7, 2016 (3-day) NL - Hold'em €10,000 + €300
December 8, 2016 (5-day) Eureka Main Event €1,000 + €100
December 7, 2016 (5-day) PokerStars Cup €300 + €30
December 10, 2016 (3-day) Super High Roller €48,500 + €1,500
December 11, 2016 (2-day) Eureka High Roller €2,000 + €200
December 12, 2016 (7-day) EPT Main Event €5,000 + €300
December 13, 2016 NL - Holdem - Single Day €25,000 + €500
December 16, 2016 (3-day) EPT High Roller €10,000 + €300
December 16, 2016 (3-day) PokerStars Open €200 + €20
As you'll see there are High Roller Events, Super High Roller Events, as well as the type of side events that will match any sized bank roll. Of course the same online satellites will be in place to win your way into each Main Event, as well as live satellites at each festival for the cut price entry into some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
That's what we have to look forward to. For all the details of the new EPT season check out the . Now though it's time to find our next EPT Grand Final champion.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.