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European Poker Tour Season 9 Schedule Announced

New Season Of European Poker Tour Sees Many Changes And Additions

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Credit: PokerStarsPokerStars.com has announced the schedule for season 9 of its European Poker Tour and there have been many changes.

First of all, the Tour has reduced the amount of events from 13 to seven, plus the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. However, the eight stops in total, have been bulked out to include nearly two weeks of poker action each with a wide array of events and buy-ins as the EPT partners with regional tours such as the UK & Ireland Poker Tour and the Estrellas Poker Tour.

Those with smaller bankrolls will now be able to play alongside some of the best in the world with this partnership. However, the Tour will continue to look after its higher stakes players by adding a €10,000 Championship Series which will include a €10,000 heads-up event, a €10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship, and a €10,000 8-Game championship.

On top of all of this, PokerStars has added a €50,000 televised tournament in Barcelona, which is the stop the new season kicks off with on Aug. 15.

EPT President Edgar Stuchly, said, "We looked at every EPT season up until now and asked ourselves how we could make the tour even better for the players. In the end, every change comes down to making this a better tour for the people who make this tour what it is: our players.

“EPT Season 9 will bring a new level of innovation to our tour and will enhance the experience for all players."

Here is the schedule for season 9:

August 15-25: EPT Barcelona (€5,000 + €300 buy-in main event)
October 3-11: EPT San Remo (€5,000 + €300)
December 5-15: EPT Prague (€5,000 + €300)
January 6-15, 2013: PCA ($10,000 + $300)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 9: EPT Deauville (€5,000 + €300)
March 6-16: EPT London (£5,000 + £250)
April 24 – May 4: EPT Berlin (€5,000 + 300)
May 6-15: EPT Monte Carlo (€10,000 + €600)

The site has added a new EPT Hotels Concierge service to help players out off the felt, plus the new season will also see the launch of the European Players Advisory Council which will be made up of interested players who will consult with PokerStars and the EPT every quarter on their own experiences, to maintain high standards for everyone involved.