Changes were announced for Season 10 of the European Poker Tour today by PokerStars Live Events Specialist Neil Johnson. The season starts with EPT Barcelona on August 26th according to the statement on TwoPlusTwo. Extended late registration, non No Limit Hold'em events, high roller scheduling, and payouts were among the changes reported.
Players will have until the start of Day 2 for late registration in main events, high rollers, and super high rollers. Johnson wrote, "If there was one consistent suggestion from our players it was extended late registration, especially for the Main Event. This should hopefully make everyone happier. This means players who buy in to the start of Day 2 will sit with a 30K stack at Level 9 (400/800/100)."
Registration will stay open until the start of Level 5 in all the side events and satellites.
Season 9 had every high-roller event set for two days but due to large field sizes, many needed a third day added. That issue has been solved in Season 10 since high roller events are set for three-day events with the first two days playing 10 levels. The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller will not be televised.
Johnson says his team wants to schedule more non No Limit Hold'em events but the staff won't "go as crazy as we did in Monaco." Adding a draw game to each stop on the Italian Poker Tour, and the possibility of a $1,000 Draw Championship at EPT Sanremo was hinted at. "I don't know how all of it will play out," Johnson continued. "But I want to make sure everyone knows we want to do stuff like this so they know to give me their ideas. Any ideas anyone has to help make these types of tournaments more successful, please let me know!"
All events will pay out between 13% and 15% of the field according to Johnson. The minimum payout for all events has been set at 1.7 times the buy-in after a 3% deduction for the prize pool. In order to create matching tables on bubbles, the pay jumps will hit in odd numbers and the balancing on the bubble was also a topic for Johnson. "We will pay one person less than full tables so all payouts will be made AFTER a table breaks, instead of before. If we’re paying out nine tables (eight handed still) instead of paying 72 places as in EPT9, we will pay 71 places so all tables will balance and be playing the bubble equal handed. We think this is better both for players and organizers and almost all the players I discussed it with thought it was a great solution."
More emphasis on the EPT Player of the Year award was also part of Johnson's report about changes to the EPT Awards.
The current EPT Barcelona schedule may not be finalized but Johnson's report says the EPT London schedule is finalized and a "thread [is] going up tomorrow."