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Qualify now for the EPT on PokerStars
Daily satellites cost as little as $5.50 to enter, giving you a chance to win an EPT package that includes your seat, luxury hotel and $1,000 spending money. Simply go to the lobby and click ԅventsԬ then ԅPTԬ to qualify for events in Copenhagen, Warsaw, San Remo and Monte Carlo. PokerStars has a brand new way for you to turn a few dollars into a seat at the EPT: Steps Sit & Go satellites. EPT Steps start at $7.50 or 500 FPP credits. See the EPT Steps page for details. Last yearӳ Grand Final winner qualified on PokerStars, so if youӲe looking for tips on how to turn $240 into $2.4 million, watch our video profile of Gavin Griffin, 2007 PokerStars EPT Grand Final Champion. The European Poker Tour Season 4 is now well underway, and already promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Canadian Mike McDonald won the EPT Dortmund event, picking up the first place prize money of ȹ33,600 after defeating local player Andreas Gulunay heads-up. At just 18 years of age, math student McDonald becomes the youngest ever EPT winner, an achievement that will be tough to beat. The turning point came when he eliminated the ultra-aggressive Johannes Strassmann with a well-timed pair of kings.
Team Pokerstars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier won the 5th PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - and a record first prize of $2 million - after besting a field of 1,136 players. The key moment came when ElkY knocked out renowned professional David Pham, one of five players he personally bust out of the tournament. Parisian Arnaud Mattern, 28, won the EPT Prague event - the first to be held in the Czech capital - for a top prize of ȷ08,400. Mattern, who is also a world-class backgammon player and the current French champion, triumphed against Italian Gino "El Diablo" Alacqua.
Reuben Peters, a PokerStars qualifier from Colorado, USA, took the EPT Dublin crown. Peters triumphed despite coming into the final table as one of the short stacks. He defeated online poker sensation and WSOPE Main Event winner Annette Obrestad heads-up to take the title. Britain's Julian Thew finally won the EPT title that has eluded him for so long when he triumphed at the EPT Baden Classic in October. Since the tour started in 2004, the 40-year-old father-of-two from Nottingham, England, has cashed six times and made two final tables. This time he took home the first prize of ȶ70,800, after an hour-long heads-up battle against Denes Kalo, 31, from Hungary.
Joseph Mouawad of Lebanon won the EPT London event, after he qualified through a PokerStars satellite. Six-handed at the final table, Mouawad put his tournament life on the line when he called an all-in, holding AK. His opponent showed 4-4 but Mouawad hit his ace on the flop to take down a monster pot, and he never looked back. His first place reward was ?611,520 and the EPT London crown. Sander Lylloff triumphed over a field of 543 entrants in Barcelona, when his J-10 became trips on the river at the heads-up stage. His first place won him ȱ,170,700 from a total prize pool of over ȴ million.
EPT Season 3 saw nearly 3,500 entrants to EPT events, generating a total prize pool in excess of Ȳ6.6 million. Season 3's Grand Final winner, PokerStars' qualifier 25-year-old American Gavin Griffin, took home nearly $2.4 million after a stunning finale in Monte Carlo. That came on the back of Season 2's Grand Final which created the first EPT dollar millionaire (Jeff Williams). EPT Season 4 continues with five more events, taking Dortmund, Copenhagen, San Remo and Warsaw, with the season building to a climax at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in April 2008.
The EPT, sponsored by PokerStars, was launched in September 2004 with seven Texas Hold'em No Limit poker tournaments broadcast on television across Europe. The tour now rivals the top events in America and attracts some of the biggest poker names from across the world. The EPT's star has risen in tandem with the ever-increasing popularity of poker itself. The first ever event in Barcelona cost ȱ,000 to enter, had just 211 players and a total prize pool of only Ȳ29,000. The EPT Season 3 Grand Final, by comparison, had a buy-in of ȱ0,000, and attracted more than 700 players creating a prize pool of ȶ,600,000. This made it the richest poker tournament ever held outside the USA.