EPT Grand Final Super High Roller players lining up
The invitation is the kind that few people receive and fewer people accept. The favorable RSVP list is one of the shortest in the world. And yet, it's the biggest deal in European poker this month.
In just three weeks, the EPT will host its first ever European-based Super High Roller event. The €100,000 buy-in event will be the toughest tournament on European soil and serve as the opening event for this year's Season 8 closing festival at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final.
The prize pool for the event is already at €2 million. Twenty of the biggest players in the world have already put down their cash.
Here's a list of the people who have committed to the event so far:
You might recall, Eugene Katchalov won the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 PCA. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom won it in 2012. Now, the buy-in is bigger, the event is in Monaco, and both of those champions are on the list to play.
This will be the first time the EPT has hosted an event of this size in Europe. With 20 people already signed up, it's looking to be a success before it even gets started.
"We're extremely pleased to have such a fantastic response to the first ever European Super High Roller event and we look forward to welcoming some of the biggest names in international poker," said EPT President Edgar Stuchly.
Also of note: this is a reload event. In the event somebody goes broke, they can buy back in. Don't laugh. It happened twice during the PCA Super High Roller this year.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier said, "There are some big names signed up to play, and that always makes for an exciting tournament, not only for the players at the table, but for the spectators too."
The PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of the Super High Roller and the rest of the big EPT Grand Final events beginning three weeks from now.
The only question now is who else will sign up? Any predictions? Leave them in the comments section.