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European Poker Tour -- Grand Final Begins on Saturday

Madrid will Host the Season Championship Event of the EPT for the First Time -- Card Player Europe will Provide Daily Coverage from the Tournament Floor

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Casino Gran MadridThe PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final begins on Saturday, May 7 at noon local time in the capital city of Spain. This is the first time the EPT’s championship tournament has been contested in Madrid after residing in Monte Carlo in previous seasons. Last year 848 players attended the event and created a total prize pool worth $11,364,310. The champion was Nicolas Chouity who topped the large field to take home $2,278,328.

Card Player Europe will be live on the scene at the Casino Gran Madrid and will provide daily reports from the tournament. Players will begin with 30,000 in chips in the €10,600 no-limit hold’em main event in 2011 and blinds begin at 50-100. Levels will be 60 minutes long on day 1 and then they will increase to 75 minutes in length thereafter. The final table will crown a champion on Thursday, May 12.

You can follow along with all of the action from EPT Grand Final on the PokerStars blog feed daily during the tournament. You can watch everything from the final two days of the event on the EPT Live video feed. The video feed from the final table will feature live hole cards on a two-hour tape delay. Beginning at 2 p.m. CET on May 12, EPT Live will broadcast the start of the main event final table with commentary and expert analysis in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian. At 11 p.m. CET, when approximately four players remain, play will resume simultaneously on live television networks in numerous countries, including Spain, Holland, Romania, Slovenia and Germany, as well as on PokerStars.tv.

“PokerStars has always been a leader in terms of innovation, and once again they are giving fans and viewers a new kind of experience they are sure to love,” said Team PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu. “Broadcasting hole cards shown on TV in over half a dozen stations across Europe, puts the EPT’s premiere event on par with other major live sporting events taking place in the continent this month.”

In addition to that you can read daily news articles, player interviews, and recaps from the tournament floor in Spain from Card Player Europe.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the event:

Saturday, May 7: Day 1A
Sunday, May 8: Day 1B
Monday, May 9: Day 2
Tuesday, May 10: Day 3 (play down to final 24)
Wednesday, May 11: Day 4 (play down to final table of 8)
Thursday, May 12: Final Table

Nicolas Chouity at the 2010 EPT Grand Final2010 EPT Grand Final:

Buy-in: $14,876 + $893
Number of Entries: 848
Total Prize Pool: $11,364,310
First-Place Prize: $2,278,328
Places Paid: 128

Final-Table Results:

1: Nicolas Chouity — $2,278,328
2: Josef Klinger — $1,340,032
3: Dominykas Karmazinas — $928,022
4: Herve Costa — $670,016
5: Andrew Chen — $536,013
6: Aleh Plauski — $402,010
7: Roger Hairabedian — $268,006
8: Mesbah Guerfi — $187,604

Past EPT Grand Final Champions:

Season 1: Rob Hollink — €635,000
Season 2: Jeff Williams — €900,000
Season 3: Gavin Griffin — €1,825,010
Season 4: Glen Chorny — €2,020,000
Season 5: Pieter de Korver — €2,300,000
Season 6: Nicolas Chouity — €1,700,000