July 22, 2022
PokerStars’ European Poker Tour will return to one of its original destinations in 2022 when the tournament bandwagon rolls into London.
The latest stop on Europe’s largest live poker tour was announced on Thursday. It will be the EPT’s first series in London since 2014 when Sebastian Pauli won the main event for $803,182.
EPT London 2022 will run from Oct. 18 to 28 and include a variety of mid- and high-stakes tournaments, including a £5,300 ($6,400) main event and a £10,300 ($12,400) high roller.
Something for everyone at EPT London
PokerStars will release the full schedule in due course, but the plan is to fill it with something for everyone. That includes offering online qualifiers costing less than $1.50 and adding two Platinum Passes to the main series.
|EPT London 2022 Highlights|
|Oct. 18 – 22||UKIPT Main Event||£1,100 ($1,300)|
|Oct. 21 – 23||Super High Roller||£50,000 ($60,000)|
|Oct. 22 – 28||EPT Main Event||£5,300 ($6,400)|
|Oct. 26 – 28||EPT High Roller||£10,300 ($12,400)|
EPT London will also incorporate UKIPT events, which means buy-ins won’t be beyond the reach of casual poker players wanting to enjoy the festival’s return to the UK’s capital city.
EPT returning to its roots
London was one of the original EPT stops and followed Barcelona as the tour’s second host city in October 2004.
The main event buy-in back then was £3,000 ($3,600), which attracted 175 players from Europe and the US, including Noah Boeken and Bill Gazes. English pro John Shipley won the tournament, shipping the £200K ($240K) top prize.
EPT London remained a popular EPT stop until 2014 when the organizers decided to take a break from the Great British winter. Now, as part of its recent effort to rebuild the EPT, London is back on the schedule.
Rebuilding European live events
PokerStars laid the EPT and other regional events to rest in 2017, replacing them with the Championship series. The tour was resurrected a year later in 2018, though its rebirth was hampered by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Now, with restrictions a distant memory, it’s returning to its former glory.
Cedric Billot, head of global live event operations at PokerStars, expects EPT London to “attract a huge number of players,” including casuals and high rollers. That’s why PokerStars’ partner casino, the Hippodrome, is hosting the series.
With the capacity to host cash games as well as tournaments, the Hippodrome’s director of poker, Kerryjane Craigie, believes EPT London will reclaim its place among the tour’s top events.
“We’re excited EPT is returning to London and for the Hippodrome to be playing a central part in what is certain to be a key future event in the annual poker calendar. We’ll have more cash games available than ever before with 40 tables available,” Craigie said.
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.
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