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2012 European Poker Tour Berlin Preview

Berlin Plays Host To Third European Poker Tour Main Event From Monday


2011 champion Ben Wilinofsky. Credit: PokerStars.The PokerStars European Poker Tour will hold its third ever main event in Berlin from Monday, Apr. 16 to Saturday, Apr. 21. As one of the most popular destinations on the EPT schedule, the Grand Hyatt in Berlin will be buzzing with some of the best international names as the €5,000 + €300 buy-in main event begins its search for its champion of season 8.

Last year, the event attracted 773 players, and the year previous a hefty 945-strong field battled it out to become the first Berlin title-holder. It is yet to be determined who will follow in the footsteps of season 7 winner Ben Wilinofsky (€825,000) and season 6 champ Kevin MacPhee (€1,000,000) but it all begins on Monday at 12 p.m. (local time) in Germany’s capital city.

There will be two starting days and the surviving players will then combine on day 2. On day 3 play will continue until 24 remain, and the final eight will be found on day 4. Players sit down to 30,000 in chips with 60-minute levels on day 1 and 75 minutes thereafter.

Aside from the main event there is a good number of side events including a €2,000 + €100 buy-in pot-limit Omaha turbo event, a €1,000 + €1,000 + €100 buy-in no-limit hold’em turbo bounty event, a €300 + €30 NLH turbo rivers tournament, and a two-day €10,000 + €300 NLH re-entry eight-max tournament.

For those heading over for side-event action, there is still a chance to get involved in the main event with a €500 + €50 buy-in super satellite to main event day 1B (featuring one rebuy) at 8 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 16.