Eastern Europe is one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit and Prague is a place that you’ll want to see again and again. As you’re taking in the city’s beauty and thousands of years of history, you’ll also enjoy knowing that Prague continues to evolve. The city envisions itself as Europe’s “Sport Capital.” The City issued memoranda, signed by municipal representatives, and nominated Prague as “the European Capital of Sport”! The European Capital of Sport Association, ACES, has been awarding the prestigious title to European cities since 2001. Prior sports capital cities, such as Milan, Madrid, and Stockholm, have been honored in the past. The next winning city will be named in 2016.
Prague’s mayor, Tomáš Hudeček, believes that people of all ages will love Prague because it has developed “sports infrastructure,” including many sports associations, clubs, and projects that are dedicated to the development of sports facilities and teams. For instance, Prague hosted the European Poker Tour (EPT) 10, Europe’s largest and most exciting poker event. Prague will also host EPT 11 this year, and the city is gearing up for the influx of visitors from around the world for this amazing poker tournament.
European Poker Tour
The European Poker Tour is Europe’s most generous and popular tour for poker players. EPT was the brainchild of PokerStars and was first launched in 2004. The tour has thirteen stops and is filmed for European television audiences (but everyone can enjoy the live reporting and recaptured excitement). EPT is a reminder that not all the incredible player action happens in Las Vegas. It’s possible to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful destinations on the EPT!
EPT’s eleventh season kicked off earlier this month in Barcelona. The seven-day event was hosted at Casino de Barcelona. Almost two thousand poker players bought-in at €5,300 each and the total prize pool was a whopping €7,255,600! Two hundred forty winners were paid out.
Some of the world’s most famous names in poker were at the event but there’s always room at the top for new players! Andre Lettau of Germany won first place at the final table (€794,058); Sam Phillips of the United States won second place (€1,021,275); Hossan Ensan of Germany won third place (€652,667); Andrea Dato of Italy won fourth place (€362,000); Andrey Shatilov of Russia won fifth place (€286,000); Kiryl Radzivonau of Belarus won sixth place (€224,500); Ji Zhang of Germany won seventh place (€171,600); and Slaven Popov of Bulgaria took eighth place (€121,300).
The next round of EPT 11 will happen in London at the Grand Connaught Rooms in October 2014. The £4,250 Main Event occurs on October 8 to 18, 2014. The buy-in is £4,000+250 GBP. The High Roller £10,300 Event happens on October 16 to 18, 2014. The buy-in is £10,000+300 GBP. You can appreciate the excitement of the upcoming High Roller Event by taking a look at the recent Barcelona final table: Ihar Soika in first place (€747,200); Jason Mercier (€473,500); Ismail Erkenov (€342,400); Ami Barer (€276,900); Benjamin Pollak (€219,000); Marc-Andre Ladouceur (€168,600); Stephen Chidwick (€125,600); and Carlos Chadha (€90,900)!
Last year’s London round was incredible. Robin Ylitalo (Sweden) took home a first prize pot of £560,000 at the Main Event while German professional poker player Martin Finger won the Super High Roller table, taking away £821,000! More than ten MILLION pounds of prize money was won so this event is frequently referred to as the Best UK Tournament in poker at the British Poker Awards.
EPT 11 in Prague
It’s no secret that the EPT 11 event we’re most looking forward to happens in Prague later this year on December 7 to 17, 2014. The winter season is magical in this city, and the excitement of the EPT is likely to add to holiday joy and warmth of the season.
Learn how to quality for a seat at the EPT Main Event: use cash satellites or even qualify without any cash using the PokerStars “Frequent Player Points” program. The steps satellites can also be used to win a coveted seat. Just buy-in (at any level you choose) in order to play against eight other players in a single table. If your hand wins the top two, you move on to the next, more exciting step.