Introducing the 59 events on the EPT11 Prague schedule

PRAGUE. What comes to mind when you think of Prague? Is it the beautiful Castle? The Charles Bridge? The Christmas Market or the Old Town? Perhaps Mala Strana? For poker players across Europe and around the world, more and more it is coming to mean the PokerStars EPT Poker Festival every December.

The Christmas market in Prague

Almost 9,000 entries combined to create just under €13,000,000 in prize pools during a record setting Season 10 stop in Prague. After the incredibly successful launch of EPT Season 11 in Barcelona–which smashed virtually every existing record for PokerStars Live Events–the EPT will close out 2014 in style on the banks of the Vltava River in the Czech capital. We have wonderful new tournament formats, great activities, 40 more tables (for a total of 140+), cash games going 24/7… everything players have come to expect from the European Poker Tour.

The festival schedule kicks off with the Season 4 Grand Final of the Eureka Poker Tour. Last year’s Eureka Main Event (€1,100) broke records with its 1,315 players and more than doubled the field from Eureka Season 2. This year the Eureka Main Event has its sights set on the coveted 2,000 number.

Another tournament which may threaten the elusive 2,000 barrier is the Eureka Prague Cup (€330). With its three Day 1’s and single re-entry there is no reason to believe that the 2,096 record from Barcelona is safe from this event.

The tournament room in full swing

As we push deeper into the schedule, the Eureka High Roller (€2,200) will be trying to crack the 500 mark for the first time (it reached 430 last year). Meanwhile the €50,000 Super High Roller will bring the world’s best to the tables before the EPT Main Event (€5,300) takes to the feature table and very likely every other table in the room. The Main Event drew 1,007 players in 2013 and this year will try to become the second event of the new season to break Sanremo’s previous record of 1,240 for Europe.

Special events galore are staggered throughout the eleven days of the festival with the Finnish Championships making its Czech debut from December 13 – 15 (you must have Finnish passport or ID to play). The WCOOP Bracelet ceremony makes a return engagement as we award all that beautiful hardware from more than $40,000,000 in WCOOP tournaments. Full Tilt is bringing their Flipouts to Prague as well.

Because we take laying on new variants of poker to our live events as a challenge, I dug into my Big Book of Poker for Super Hold’em and Irish Hold’em.

If you have always been bored by only having two hole cards, then we’ll give you three and let them all play at the same time (Super Hold’em!). If you enjoy Omaha but hate figuring out all the odds, we’ll give you four hole cards, but you have to give two of them back after the flop (Irish Hold’em). This is of course in addition to our ‘normal’ hold’em events like “Win the Button” and “Deuces Wild”.

Grasel Sweets brings their chocolate caravan into town again for the EPT Superstack with plenty of goodies for the inner child in all of us. For those closer in actual age to their inner child than others, we have the first ever EPT Junior’s event for players who are 21 or under. For those a little further away, chronologically, from their inner child, we have the Senior’s Event where you must be 50 years or older. Finally, for the insomniac in all of us no matter the age, we will be launching midnight Turbos for the first time in the ten years of the tour.

About the only thing we can’t guarantee is snow…

We can expect Eureka records to fall left and right as EPT records look over their shoulder as Prague hosts 59 tournaments in one of the largest festivals in PokerStars history. We are pulling out all the stops with Omaha Championships, WCOOP bracelets, Finnish Championships, Flipouts, Super Holdem, Irish Holdem, Deuces Wild, Win the Button, High Rollers, Super High Rollers and possibly a partridge in a pear tree. It should be a Christmas to remember!

See you there!

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