The end of season finale may be about to start here in Monaco but, as always, PokerStars has one eye on the future and just announced the Season 10 schedule (which you can see below).
It’s been a bumper season with some enormous fields, fantastic side events and the introduction of end-to-end live webcasting, which is continuing to make the EPT a global hit. In fact, the changes made at the beginning of EPT 9 have proved so successful that they’re rolling on into next season. The key schedule change is a shift for EPT Sanremo, dropping the Italian stop back in just before Monaco. And for good reason, as the EPT head honcho explains…
“During a successful Season 9 where we decided to host fewer and bigger events incorporating the national tours, we listened to an enormous amount of player feedback who valued less time spent travelling, and more time spent playing. Since the Sanremo tournament will be held immediately before the EPT Grand Final in April, it will mean players can spend the whole month of April on the beautiful Riviera,” said EPT President Edgar Stuchly.
EPT10 – Where and when
Barcelona: 28 August, 2013 – 7 September, 2013
London: 2-12 October, 2013
Prague: 8-18 December, 2013
PCA: 4-13 January, 2014
Deauville: 22 January, 2014 – 1 February, 2014
Berlin: 12-22 March, 2014
Sanremo: 6-16 April, 2014
Monte Carlo: 23 April, 2014 – 2 May, 2014
Regional tours partnerships to continue
In Season 9, the EPT decided to shake the schedule up by reducing the number of stops from 13 to eight and expanding their duration with more events, bigger fields and juicier action by partnering with regional tours such as the Estrellas Poker Tour and the UK & Ireland Poker Tour. That strategy started with a bang as both the Estrellas Poker Tour and the EPT Barcelona Main Events smashed all previous records for player numbers and prize pool. It happened again and again as the season played out. We listened, you came.
Season 10 High Roller action
Season 9 has been the season of the High Roller with the introduction of a High Roller event at every stop. This coming season there will be a €10,000/£10,000 High Roller at Barcelona, London, Prague, Deauville, Berlin and Sanremo, plus €50,000/£50,000 events in Barcelona and London. The PCA and Grand Final will both have a $25,000/€25,000 High Roller and $100,000/€100,000 Super High Roller!
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.