European Poker Tour

The European Poker Tour (EPT) is a series of poker tournaments similar to those in the World Poker Tour (WPT), created by John Duthie, winner of the inaugural Poker Million tournament. It began in 2004 as part of the worldwide explosion in Texas Hold 'em popularity. Since 2011 the EPT has been sponsored and wholly owned and controlled by PokerStars the online casino and taped by Sunset + Vine for television broadcast across Europe.

European Poker Tour
European Poker Tour Logo 2018.png
SportTexas Hold 'em
Founded2004
CEO2004-2012 John Duthie (founder) 2012- Edgar Stuchly (PokerStars employee)
ContinentEurope
TV partner(s)Sunset + Vine
Official websiteeuropeanpokertour.com The Rational Group www.rationalgroup.com
Old logo used prior to 2018

In seasons 1-3, the most significant difference between the competing poker tours was the buy-in and its effect on the prize pool, with the EPT featuring buy-ins about half the size of the WPT. This changed in season 4 when the buy-in for most EPT events was increased to 8,000 (due to increased popularity and lack of space in participating casinos[citation needed]). At 2007 exchange rates, this is approximately equal to the US$10,000 which is the buy-in for most WPT events.

Furthermore, the final table is made up of 8 players, as opposed to the 6 player final tables popularised by the WPT.

For the first couple of seasons, Duthie commentated for the show alongside Colin Murray. Since the middle of Season 3, James Hartigan has been the lead commentator, with professional players Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu and Victoria Coren providing analysis. Hartigan also presents the live webcast[1] from each event. The TV show was first hosted by Caroline Flack, then joined by Natalie Pinkham. Seasons 4 and 5 were hosted by Kara Scott, while Seasons 6 and 7 were fronted by Michelle Orpe. Since Season 8, there have been four different presenters with Kristy Arnett, Sarah Grant, Laura Cornelius and Lynn Gilmartin, with commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton presenting the TV shows.

EPT Berlin robberyEdit

On 6 March 2010 four masked men, armed with knives and at least one hand gun robbed the EPT event in Berlin. According to the police, the robbers got away with €242,000. No one was seriously injured, only one guard got a minor cut while trying to detain one of the robbers. The panic which gripped the crowd was briefly captured on the live webcast before the camera cut away. The attackers were caught several days after the robbery and later convicted and sentenced to three years in prison.[2]

EPT Main Event winnersEdit

Season Date Event and location Main Event winner Prize
1 18–19 September 2004   EPT Barcelona Open   Alexander Stevic €80,000
9–10 October 2004   EPT London   John Shipley £200,000
23–24 October 2004   EPT Dublin   Ram Vaswani €93,000
29–30 January 2005   EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen   Noah Boeken DKr1,098,340
15–19 February 2005   EPT French Open, Deauville   Brandon Schaefer €144,000
10–11 March 2005   EPT Vienna   Pascal Perrault €184,500
15–19 March 2005   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Rob Hollink €635,000
2 16–17 September 2005   EPT Barcelona Open   Jan Boubli €426,000
30 September–2 October 2005   EPT London   Mark Teltscher €280,000
4–6 October 2005   EPT Baden Classic   Patrik Antonius €288,180
29–30 October 2005   EPT Dublin   Mats Gavatin €317,000
19–22 January 2006   EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen   Mads Andersen DKr2,548,040
8–11 February 2006   EPT French Open, Deauville   Mats Iremark €480,000
7–11 March 2006   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Jeff Williams €900,000
3 13–16 September 2006   EPT Barcelona Open   Bjørn-Erik Glenne €691,000
21–24 September 2006   EPT London   Victoria Coren £500,000
7–10 October 2006   EPT Baden Classic   Duc Thang Nguyen €487,397
16–29 October 2006   EPT Dublin   Roland de Wolfe €554,300
17–20 January 2007   EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen   Magnus Petersson DKr4,078,080
8–11 March 2007   EPT German Open, Dortmund   Andreas Høivold €672,000
14–17 March 2007   EPT Warsaw Open   Peter Jepsen zł1,226,711
28 March–2 April 2007   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Gavin Griffin €1,825,010
4 28 August–1 September 2007   EPT Barcelona Open   Sander Lylloff €1,170,700
25–29 September 2007   EPT London   Joseph Mouawad £611,520
7–10 October 2007   EPT Baden Classic   Julian Thew €670,800
30 October–3 November 2007   EPT Dublin   Reuben Peters €532,620
10–14 December 2007   EPT Prague   Arnaud Mattern €708,400
5–10 January 2008   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Bertrand Grospellier $2,000,000
29 January–2 February 2008   EPT German Open, Dortmund   Mike McDonald €933,600
19–23 February 2008   EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen   Tim Vance DKr6,220,488
11–15 March 2008   EPT Warsaw Open   Michael Schulze zł2,153,999
1–5 April 2008   EPT Sanremo   Jason Mercier €869,000
12–17 April 2008   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Glen Chorny €2,020,000
5 10–14 September 2008   EPT Barcelona Open   Sebastian Ruthenberg €1,361,000
1–5 October 2008   EPT London   Michael Martin £1,000,000
28 October–1 November 2008   EPT Hungarian Open, Budapest   Will Fry €595,840
15–19 November 2008   EPT Warsaw Open   João Barbosa €367,140
9–13 December 2008   EPT Prague   Salvatore Bonavena €774,000
5–10 January 2009   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Poorya Nazari $3,000,000
20–24 January 2009   EPT French Open, Deauville   Moritz Kranich €851,400
17–21 February 2009   EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen   Jens Kyllönen DKr6,542,208
10–14 March 2009   EPT German Open, Dortmund   Sandra Naujoks €917,000
18–23 April 2009   EPT Sanremo   Constant Rijkenberg €1,508,000
28 April–3 May 2009   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Pieter de Korver €2,300,000
6 18–23 August 2009   EPT Kiev   Maxim Lykov €330,000
4–9 September 2009   EPT Barcelona   Carter Phillips €850,000
2–7 October 2009   EPT London   Aaron Gustavson £850,000
20–25 October 2009   EPT Warsaw   Christophe Benzimra zł1,493,170
17–22 November 2009   EPT Vilamoura   António Matias €404,793
1–6 December 2009   EPT Prague   Jan Skampa €682,000
5–11 January 2010   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Harrison Gimbel $2,200,000
20–25 January 2010   EPT Deauville   Jake Cody €847,000
16–21 February 2010   EPT Copenhagen   Anton Wigg DKr3,675,000
2–7 March 2010   EPT Berlin   Kevin MacPhee €1,000,000
21–26 March 2010   EPT Snowfest, Salzburg   Allan Bække €445,000
15–21 April 2010   EPT Sanremo   Liv Boeree €1,250,000
25–30 April 2010   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Nicolas Chouity €1,700,000
7 11–16 August 2010   EPT Tallinn   Kevin Stani €400,000
28 August–2 September 2010   EPT Vilamoura   Toby Lewis €467,836
29 September–4 October 2010   EPT London   David Vamplew £900,000
26–31 October 2010   EPT Vienna   Michael Eiler €700,000
22–27 November 2010   EPT Barcelona   Kent Lundmark €825,000
13–18 December 2010   EPT Prague   Roberto Romanello €640,000
8–15 January 2011   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Galen Hall $2,300,000
25–31 January 2011   EPT Deauville   Lucien Cohen €880,000
21–26 February 2011   EPT Copenhagen   Michael Tureniec DKr3,700,000
20–25 March 2011   EPT Snowfest, Salzburg   Vladimir Geshkenbein €390,000
5–10 April 2011   EPT Berlin   Ben Wilinofsky €825,000
27 April–3 May 2011   EPT Sanremo   Rupert Elder €930,000
7–12 May 2011   EPT Grand Final, Madrid   Ivan Freitez €1,500,000
8 2–7 August 2011   EPT Tallinn   Ronny Kaiser €275,000
27 August–1 September 2011   EPT Barcelona   Martin Schleich €850,000
20 September–6 October 2011   EPT London   Benny Spindler £750,000
21–27 October 2011   EPT Sanremo   Andrey Pateychuk €680,000
15–20 November 2011   EPT Loutraki   Zimnan Ziyard €347,000
5–10 December 2011   EPT Prague   Martin Finger €720,000
7–13 January 2012   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   John Dibella $1,775,000
31 January–6 February 2012   EPT Deauville   Vadim Kursevich €875,000
20–25 February 2012   EPT Copenhagen   Mickey Petersen DKr2,515,000
12–17 March 2012   EPT Madrid   Frederik Jensen €495,000
26–31 March 2012   EPT Campione   Jannick Wrang €640,000
16–21 April 2012   EPT Berlin   Davidi Kitai €712,000
25–30 April 2012   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Mohsin Charania €1,350,000
9 15–25 August 2012   EPT Barcelona   Mikalai Pobal €1,007,550
5–11 October 2012   EPT Sanremo   Ludovic Lacay €744,910
9–15 December 2012   EPT Prague   Ramzi Jelassi €835,000
7–13 January 2013   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Dimitar Danchev $1,859,000
3–9 February 2013   EPT Deauville   Remi Castaignon €770,000
10–16 March 2013   EPT London   Ruben Visser £595,000
21–27 April 2013   EPT Berlin   Daniel Pidun €880,000
6–12 May 2013   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Steve O'Dwyer €1,224,000
10 26 August–7 September 2013   EPT Barcelona   Tom Middleton €924,000
2–12 October 2013   EPT London   Robin Ylitalo £560,980
12–18 December 2013   EPT Prague   Julian Track €725,700
7–13 January 2014   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Dominik Panka $1,423,096
26 January–1 February 2014   EPT Deauville   Sotirios Koutoupas €614,000
23–29 March 2014   EPT Vienna   Oleksii Khoroshenin €578,392
14–20 April 2014   EPT Sanremo   Victoria Coren €476,100
26 April–2 May 2014   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Antonio Buonanno €1,240,000
11 16–27 August 2014   EPT Barcelona   Andre Lettau €794,058
8–18 October 2014   EPT London   Sebastian Pauli £499,700
7–17 December 2014   EPT Prague   Stephen Graner €969,000
8–14 January 2015   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Kevin Schulz $1,491,580
27 January–7 February 2015   EPT Deauville   Ognyan Dimov €543,700
17–28 March 2015   EPT Malta, St. Julian's, Portomaso   Jean Montury €687,400
28 April–8 May 2015   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Adrian Mateos €1,082,000
12 18–30 August 2015   EPT Barcelona   John Juanda €1,022,593
20–31 October 2015   EPT Malta, Portomaso   Niall Farrell €534,330
5–16 December 2015   EPT Prague   Hossein Ensan €754,510
6–14 January 2016   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Mike Watson $728,325
9–20 February 2016   EPT Dublin   Dzmitry Urbanovich €561,900
26 April–6 May 2016   EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo   Jan Bendik €961,800
13 16–28 August 2016   EPT Barcelona   Sebastian Malec €1,122,800
18–29 October 2016   EPT Malta, Portomaso   Aliaksei Boika €355,700
8–19 December 2016   EPT Prague   Jasper Meijer van Putten €699,300
see PokerStars Championship for winners of the seven events in 2017
14 6–14 January 2018   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   Maria Lampropulos $1,081,100
23–29 March 2018   EPT Sochi   Arsenii Karmatckii RUB 27,300,000
28 April–4 May 2018   EPT Monte Carlo   Nicolas Dumont €712,000
27 August–2 September 2018   EPT Barcelona   Piotr Nurzynski €1,037,109
11–18 December 2018   EPT Prague   Paul Michaelis €840,000
15 5–16 January 2019   PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island   David Rheem $1,567,100
25 April–4 May 2019   PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT   Manig Loeser €603,777
20 August–1 September 2019   EPT Barcelona   Simon Brandstrom €1,290,166
11–17 December 2019   EPT Prague   Mikalai Pobal €1,005,600
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2017 rebrandingEdit

In 2017, the series was discontinued and rebranded as the PokerStars Championship. However, this only lasted one year and the EPT returned in 2018.[5]

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