Looking ahead to EPT Dublin

I don't know if you can remember what you were doing on November 7, 2007, but the EPT was wrapping up its last event in Dublin. Rueben Peters and Annette Obrestad put the finishing touches to the tournament and in fine style. Most had expected the unstoppable Obrestad to sweep across the finish line, but it was Peters who took the title, after a final that was talked about for months.

But as the EPT expanded and new venues across Europe were tried, Dublin took a backseat. That is until now.

The European Poker Tour makes a welcome return to the Irish capital this month, more than eight years since it crowned Peters a champ. A lot has changed in that time, as will be obvious when the festival kicks off at the Royal Dublin Society in exactly a week from today.

peters_obrestad_2feb16.jpgReuben Peters and Annette Obrestad, heads up at EPT4 Dublin

In addition to what will be a 67 tournament visit, the EPT will be putting on a whole range of activities for players away from the tables to fill those hours between action at them, all part of #STARSFUN.

Let us introduce a few of the highlights.

Right away on Thursday February 11, they'll be Dodgeball Trampolining. Yep, you read that right. #STARSFUN is laying on Dodgeball for up to 32 players wishing to take part in a game that, to be honest, I thought was fictional. Turns out I was wrong. Instead it's a high energy, high velocity version of chicken, and a lot of fun.

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Contact concierge@ept-travel.com to register, or sign up at the PokerStars Information Desk directly. You'll need to read the rules and sign a waiver, but otherwise you meet at 12 noon at the RDS main entrance for a few hours of dodgeball heroics.

Days later on Saturday February 13, PokerStars will be hosting the EPT Dublin player party at the Horse Show House in Dublin from 9pm. As always this is a great opportunity to get a break from action at the tables, meet fellow players, talk shop and/or enjoy the contents of a free bar.

All of which should set you up nicely from the Right to Play Charity Event on Sunday February 14. It's an event that has proven increasingly popular at each EPT stop, both for the enjoyment factor, the prizes on offer, and of course the cause.

Starting at 6pm, the Right to Play Charity Event has a €150 buy-in, with €50 unlimited re-buys, and all proceeds going to Right to Play. Prizes meanwhile are kindly donated by partners Helping Hands, the European Poker Tour and EPT travel.

They include:

€1,000 in Live Event Tournament Credits
iPhone® 6 Plus
€550 in Live Event Tournament Credits
iPad Air 2
Weekend away for two*
Apple Watch
€330 in Live Event Tournament Credits
Dinner for two

* Please Note: the two night stay is at the discretion of EPT Travel and depends on the availability of selected dates.

That just leaves the festival itself, which gets underway next Tuesday with a satellite to the UKIPT Dublin Main Event. That's followed by the UKIPT Main Event itself on Wednesday February 10 with a $1,000 buy-in.

royal_dublin_society_2feb16_33.jpgThe Royal Dublin Society

On Friday the three day High Roller event begins with a buy-in of €25,000, with the EPT Main Event starting on Sunday. There's plenty more events in between, in variations to suit every taste. Check out the full schedule, and details on all of the #STARSFUN events taking place throughout the festival, on the Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.