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PokerStars.com Announces EPT Season Five Schdeule

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Europe's largest and most prominent traveling poker series, the PokerStars.com-sponsored European Poker Tour, has today announced its much-awaited Season Five schedule.

Beginning with a September kickoff event in Barcelona, this season brings the return of the Deauville, France event, in addition to the return of other popular stops. The schedule as initially announced includes nine dates, as follows:

EPT Barcelona Open

September 10 - 14, 2008

Casino Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Entry Fee: €8,000 + 250

Player Cap: 700

EPT London

October 1 - 5, 2008

Victoria Casino

London, England

Entry Fee: £5,200 + 200

Player Cap: 500

EPT Polish Open

November 15 - 19, 2008

Warsaw Hyatt Regency

Warsaw, Poland

Entry Fee: ZI (Zloty) 20,000 + 1000

Player Cap: (t/b/d)

EPT Prague

December 9 – 13, 2008

Hilton Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

Entry Fee: €5,000 + 250

Player Cap: 600

EPT French Open

January 20-24, 2009

Casino Barriere

Deauville, France

Entry Fee: €5,000 + 300

Player Cap: 700

EPT Scandinavian Open

February 17 - 21, 2009

Casino Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

Entry Fee: 50,000 + 2,250 DKR

Player Cap: 500

EPT German Open

March 10 – 14, 2009

Casino Hohensyburg

Dortmund, Germany

Entry Fee: €5,000 + 250

Player Cap: 500

EPT San Remo

April 18 - 23, 2009

Casino San Remo

San Remo, Italy

Entry Fee: €5,000 + 250

Player Cap: 800

EPT Grand Final

April 28 – May 3, 2009

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Entry Fee: €10,000 + €600

Player Cap: 1000

According to EPT chief executive John Duthie, "The new EPT season includes all the events which have made the past four seasons such a triumph with record fields across Europe and record prize pools. We have set very high standards and aim to improve on this still further in Season 5." Duthie also noted the return of the popular French event, cancelled last year to circumstances beyond the EPT's control, and noted several important facts and figures illustrating the enormous popularity of the EPT. Among the EPT's credentials:

● Total EPT Season Four prize pool of $62 million (almost €40 million);

● 5,902 total EPT Series championship event entries (including 1,682 online qualifiers via PokerStars);

● Largest single prize pool ever generated for a non-Las Vegas event — $3 million (over €2 million) for the Season Four EPT Grand Final.

Online qualifiers for the new Season Five EPT events begin on PokerStars July 7th, with entries priced as low as $2.20. Prize packages won online at Stars also include top-flight accomodations and spending money.

Additional information on specific sites and dates and the ET in general is available at www.ept.com.

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