|LONDON – October 22, 2004 – The worldwide poker phenomenon is making its way into some of the world’s most beautiful casinos in some of the world’s most historic cities as PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) makes its way through Europe. |
The first season of the EPT, sponsored by PokerStars, host of the world’s largest online tournaments, includes poker tour events in Barcelona, London, Paris, Vienna and Dublin. The Grand Final event will be held March 15-19, 2005 in the majestic Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Prize money is expected to be more than €2 million for the final event alone, with well more than €1 million going to the winner.
“Finally, Europe will host a premier poker tour, as the EPT is the first pan-European poker tournament series,” said John Duthie, executive producer of the PokerStars European Poker Tour and the holder of the Ladbrokes Poker Million title. “All across Europe, from casinos to online sites like PokerStars, interest in poker is booming, so it’s only natural to provide a circuit for the serious European poker player.”
Each event will be televised in 2005 as a 90-minute program, and will culminate with the airing of the Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Winners of the preliminary events will win prize packages worth €15,000, including entry into the finals at the Hermitage Hotel in Casino Square, Monte Carlo.
The final event in Monte Carlo will include 10 finalists and runners-up selected from the EPT preliminary events. Those players will then compete for the title of EPT Series 1 Grand Champion.
Players from all over the world will also have an opportunity to play in the Grand Final event. Online satellite tournaments for the Grand Final event in Monaco will be played on PokerStars.com, and winners of those satellite events will receive the same prize package as winners of the individual live events on the tour.
“Our affiliation with the EPT shows that PokerStars truly is the global site where poker players become champions,” said Nolan Dalla, director of communications for PokerStars. “This year’s EPT champion will join an illustrious list of PokerStars champions, which includes World Series of Poker champs Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, both of whom qualified for the World Series of Poker on PokerStars, and Edgar Skjervold, who won this year’s PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker, which is the largest online poker tournament in the world.”
The next event in the PokerStars’ European Poker Tour is October 23-24 at the Merrion Casino Club in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, visit www.europeanpokertour.com.
In 2003, PokerStars set the poker industry on fire when Chris Moneymaker, an accountant from Tennessee, entered a $39 satellite tournament on PokerStars.com and went on to win $2.5 million in the world’s biggest and most prestigious poker tournament, the World Series of Poker. Virtually all of his tournament poker experience came from playing on PokerStars.
In 2004, PokerStars sent 316 players to the WSOP, more than any other source besides WSOP on-site satellites. Four PokerStars players made it to the final table, and Greg Raymer, who won his seat in a $160 satellite on PokerStars, took home the world’s largest prize ever in poker -- $5 million and the coveted WSOP championship bracelet. In all, PokerStars players took home almost $11 million in prize money from the 2004 WSOP Main Event.
PokerStars (www.pokerstars.com), an official member of the World Poker Tour, is the world’s most innovative online poker site. PokerStars was the first site to introduce advanced multi-table tournaments, integrated game statistics, players’ notes, personalized images, time bank for tournaments and ring big bet games, satellite tournaments, multi-table sit and go tournaments, and much more. PokerStars’ support team is truly unique, as help and support is available around the clock from people who know and understand both the game of poker, and the importance of impeccable customer service.
To date, PokerStars has run more than two million poker tournaments and dealt more than 600 million hands. PokerStars utilizes industry-leading security software to ensure the integrity of the system, including encryption, card shuffle randomness and preventative measures against cheating and collusion. PokerStars is the site where the 2003 and 2004 World Champions of Poker won their entries into the World Series of Poker, thus earning the trademark -- “Where poker players become World Champions.”