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European Poker Tour Sanremo Preview

Popular European Poker Tour Festival Gets Underway In Sanremo


Last season's main event champ Andrey Pateychuk. Credit: Neil Stoddart.The European Poker Tour (EPT) pulls into the Casino Sanremo on Italy’s beautiful north west coast today, Oct. 3, where it will remain until Oct. 11.

Besides main event satellites, action really gets going Wednesday with the Italian Poker Tour High Roller. The eighthanded, €5,000 + €300 buy-in event runs for two days and features a single reload.

Hopefuls, grinders, wannabes, and online wizards will flood into the pretty Italian city, largely to take part in the very popular €5,000 + €300 buy-in EPT Sanremo main event on Oct. 5.

Players sit down at 2 p.m. (local time) Friday for the first of two starting days with 30,000 in chips and blind levels increasing every 75 minutes from level 1 to 14, and 90 minutes thereafter.

The main event final table will play out from 3 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Many well-known faces are set to turn out for the Sanremo stop’s big buy-in events. The main event’s first ever champion, Jason Mercier, won his first major live title in season 4 in Sanremo and won’t be missing the chance for a double this season, neither will Liv Boeree who was victorious in season 6 in the biggest EPT Sanremo ever, which attracted 1,240 players.

EPT champions Toby Lewis, Anton Wigg, Mohsin Charania, Kent Lundmark, and David Vamplew will be some of the many familiar names taking part this season, plus Russian pro Andrey Pateychuk is also all set to defend his title. Last season’s main event champ topped a field of 837 to take home the €680,000 top prize.

On Oct. 9, the two-day, €10,000 + €300 buy-in no-limit hold’em High Roller kicks off at 5 p.m. The eighthanded event features a single reload. Other side events include the €330 buy-in no-limit hold’em women’s event, the two-day, €990 pot-limit Omaha eighthanded tournament, the two-day, €990 buy-in, no-limit hold’em Win the Button! event, various no-limit hold’em turbo events, and many more.