Back in March, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all European poker festivals were canceled, including the ones held by PokerStars. Since then, players were anxiously waiting to see whether some of their favorite events would take place.
However, Europe is now hit hard by the pandemic, and many land-based casinos are still closed. Despite holdups to in-person casino options, online poker platforms are seeing an increased number of users, as live poker lovers had no alternative. Many successful tournaments have taken place on the web, and the most popular ones on PokerStars were SCOOP, Stadium Series, and WCOOP.
The popular online poker platform decided to give European players a chance to enjoy some of their favorite events by announcing the European Poker Tour (EPT) Online.
The festival will start on November 9 and last until November 18. During these nine days, the platform will distribute a total of $20 million in guaranteed prizes in 20 events.
The festival will be split into two groups — EPT Online and Mini EPT Online; the latter is aimed at players on a budget. The buy-ins will range from $215 to $25,000 in regular EPT Online. On the other hand, you can participate in Mini EPT events for as little as $2.20.
EPT Online Main Event Overview
Like in many poker festivals, the Main Event will be the central part of EPT Online. It will start on November 15 and last for four days. Players who want to take part in it will have to pay the buy-in price of $5,200.
There will be only one starting flight, and by the end of Day 2, which will take place on November 16, there should be only 72 players remaining. When Day 3 concludes, the best nine players will from the final table and compete for the biggest prize.
PokerStars will also offer several satellite events where you can try to earn a seat for a much lower buy-in. In fact, the lowest buy-in for satellites is just $5.50.
The other exciting event that will take place in EPT Online is the $25,000 Super High Roller. It comes with $2,000,000 in guaranteed prizes, which is the second biggest in the festival. It will likely attract some of the best high rollers in the industry.
Other EPT Events
Another event that features a seven-figure guarantee is the $1,050 Arena Championship, which will offer $1.5 million in GTD. Moreover, players can also enter into the $10,300 High Roller and grab a share of the $1 million in guaranteed prizes.
Tournament events will not be limited to Texas Hold’em. There will be several PLO events, with buy-ins ranging from $109 to $10,000. Also, there will be a mixed $5,2000 8-Game High Roller, which many hope would attract some of the world’s best players.
The EPT Mini Main Event will require the buy-in of $55 and offers $500,000 in guaranteed prizes. Moreover, a total of $3.3 million will be distributed via other mini EPT events. The most affordable one will be the $2.20 EPT Online Cup, which will take place on November 15 and comes with $50,000 in guaranteed prizes.