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European Poker Tour Grand Final Kicks Off With €100,000 Event Monday

Poker's Biggest Names Head To Monte Carlo To Play For Millions

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Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Casino The PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final returns to Monte Carlo this week after a brief one-year stint in Madrid. The concluding series of the EPT’s eighth season kicked off today with an absolutely massive €100,000 buy-in super high roller eight-max no-limit hold’em event. This will be the highest buy-in event in the EPT’s history, topping the $100,000 buy-in events at the past two PokerStars Caribbean Adventures, as the current value of the euro makes this particular event a $131,390 buy-in in U.S. dollars.

The tournament is also being played as a re-entry event, with registration open for the first four levels and re-entry available until the end of day 1’s eight levels. Before play began there were already 34 confirmed participants, including Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Phil Ivey, Daniel “Jungleman12” Cates, Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius, Scott Seiver, Jason Mercier, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst and Eugene Katchalov.

In addition to this massive tournament, the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Casino is slated to host a total of 37 events. Other highlights include a €25,500 no-limit hold’em eight-max high roller and the €10,600 EPT Grand Final no-limit hold’em main event.

Last year’s Madrid running of this main event drew 683 entrants, building a prizepool that topped $10 million in U.S. dollars. Eventual champion Ivan Freitez took home €1.5 million ($2.2 million) and 2,400 Card Player Player of the Year points.

Here is a look at the complete schedule of the 2012 EPT Grand Final (excluding satellites):

Event Date # of Days Buy-In
Event 1 – No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller 8 Max 4/23/12 3 €98,500 + €1,500
Event 3 – No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up (64 Player Max) 4/24/12 2 €5,000 + €250
Event 11 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 4/25/12 1 €300 + €30
Event 8 – Pot-Limit Omaha Six Max Turbo 4/25/12 1 €5,000 + €200
Main Event 4/25/12 6 €10,000 + €600
Event 12 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Max Turbo 4/26/12 1 €5,000 + €200
Event 13 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty Eight Max 4/26/12 1 €2,000 + €100
Event 14 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 4/26/12 1 €300 + €20
Event 15 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty 4/27/12 1 €1,000 + €50
Event 16 – No-Limit Hold’em 4/27/12 2 €5,000 + €250
Event 17 – Pot-Limit Omaha One Rebuy 4/27/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 18 – No-Limit Hold’em Trubo “Win the Butoon!” 4/27/12 1 €300 + €30
Event 19 – No-Limit Hold’em 4/28/12 2 €2,000 + €150
Event 20 – No-Limit Hold’em “Win the Button!” Eight Max 4/28/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 22 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 4/28/12 1 €300 + €30
Event 23 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Max 4/29/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 24 – No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Eight Max 4/29/12 3 €25,000 + €500
Event 25 – MIxed Game Eight Max 4/29/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 27 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo “Rivers!” 4/29/12 1 €300 + €30
Event 28 – No-Limit Hold’em Six Max 4/30/12 2 €5,000 + €250
Event 29 – No-Limit Hold’em 4/30/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 30 – No-Limit Hold’em Ladies 4/30/12 2 €1,000 + €100
Event 31 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty 4/30/12 1 €1,200 + €100
Event 32 – No-Limit Hold’em Hyper Turbo 4/30/12 1 €100 + €20
Event 33 – No-Limit Hold’em Tournament of Champions 5/1/12 1 € 0
Event 34 – NO-Limit Hold’em Turbo Bounty 5/1/12 1 €1,000 + €50
Event 35 – No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event 5/1/12 1 €300 + €30
Event 36 – No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Turbo Six Max 5/1/12 1 €10,000 + €300
Event 37 – No-Limit Hold’em Hyper Turbo 5/1/12 1 €100 + €20