Poker Stars European Poker Tour (EPT) has proved to be a huge success, much like that of the World Poker Tour (WPT). Although the European Poker Tour is only four years old, it has rapidly gained in popularity throughout Europe. Much of this popularity is due to the events being televised in countries like Germany, Holland, Africa and England.
One thing that makes the EPT very popular from the player’s side is the uniform blind structure. The EPT is currently the only major tournament tour that employs the same blind structure in every event. While this may seem like a simple and logical concept, so far no other venues have adopted it.
As the EPT winds down the 2007 season, the final event of the year will be held in the Czech Republic in Prague. This will be the EPT’s first ever event to be held at the Hilton Prague Hotel and will run from Dec.10th to December 14th.
The main EPT event is a €5,000 buy-in and is limited to 500 entries. But with many players heading to Vegas for the Bellagio’s Five-Diamond World Poker Classic II, event directors only expect about 350 entrants.
With so many major tournaments now being held worldwide and overlapping each other, players have tough choices deciding which events to attend.
If past EPT attendance is any indication, the Prague event should still draw many of Europe’s biggest names in poker. One of the players who has decided to forego Vegas for Prague is WSOPE 2007 Razz bracelet winner Katja Thater. Since starting her poker career, the Wedemark, Germany resident has placed in the money at seven major events in Europe. Unfortunately we won’t be able to watch Katja battle on the green felt, as this event in Prague won’t be taped for television.
A night of celebration and fun before the games begin sets the stage as PokerStars hosted a welcome party for all qualifiers at Club Celnice in Old Prague. You can join the party anytime, download PokerStars and see if you have what it takes to qualify. Satellites and tournaments run 24/7 at PokerStars.