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European Poker Tour Releases First Half of Season 8 Schedule

Two Festivals of Poker Included in the Schedule in London and at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure


Tallinn, Estonia will Host the First EPT Season 8 EventThe PokerStars European Poker Tour has released the first half of its season eight schedule today. The first seven events on the schedule will take players to locations as diverse as Tallinn, Estonia for the first event on August 2-7, and the Bahamas for PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on January 5-14, 2012.

The first seven events feature two festivals of poker and they will take place in London in late September and early October and at the PCA in early January. In addition to the previously mentioned events the other stops that round out the first half of the tour include Barcelona in Spain, Deauville in France, Prague in the Czech Republic, and San Remo in Italy.

The largest change to the schedule can be found with the dates of the EPT San Remo main event, which will take place from October 21-27. The popular tournament on the Italian Riviera has usually taken place in April in years past, but it was most likely moved to attract players who are participating in the World Series of Poker Europe a little bit down the coast in Cannes, France earlier in October.

EPT Chairman and Team PokerStars pro John Duthie said, “We’re delighted to announce the dates for the first half of EPT Season 8. We’re expecting another incredible year, with a whole host of new champions crowned and maybe even the first ever two-time EPT main event winner!” Team PokerStars pro Viktor Blom said he can’t wait for the new season to begin. Blom continued, “I’m really looking forward to the coming EPT season. My live game is something I want to work hard on improving, and I would love to have some deep runs this year. I plan to play in most of the events, including Barcelona, the PCA and London. Those stops will be big events for me.”

Here is a look at the current schedule for EPT Season 8:

Tournament Country Main Event Dates Buy-In
EPT TALLINN ESTONIA Aug, 2 – 7, 2011 €4,000 + 250
EPT BARCELONA SPAIN Aug 27–Sep 1, 2011 €5,000 + 300
EPT LONDON UK Sep 30–Oct 5, 2011 £5,000 + 250
EPT SAN REMO ITALY Oct 21 – 27, 2011 €4,600 + 300
EPT PRAGUE CZECH REPUBLIC Dec 5 – 10, 2011 €5,000 + 300
2012 PCA BAHAMAS Jan 5 – 15, 2012 $10,000 + 300
EPT DEAUVILLE FRANCE Jan 31 – Feb 6, 2012 €5,000 + 300