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EPT Announces Partial Season Six Schedule

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The European Poker Tour today released the dates for the first seven stops on the upcoming EPT Season 6 schedule. The EPT has become the world’s largest traveling poker tour, in terms of both overall players and prize money, and is expected to include a record 13 different stops, including the new EPT Moscow, which kicks off the Season 6 schedule in August. PokerStars has also begun online qualifiers for the new EPT Kiev stop, beginning today. The complete EPT Season 6 schedule to be released in the near future.

The EPT’s rise to prominence over the past five years mirrors the climb of its sponsoring site, PokerStars, in regards to online poker. Last year’s fifth season of the EPT saw approximately US $77 million paid out to participants, with the EPT stops themselves drawing nearly 8,000 entrants. In Season 6, the EPT introduce extended “Festival of Poker” visits at many of its venues, including “high rollers” and other events.

According to EPT CEO John Duthie, “This year’s EPT will be bigger and better than ever, kicking off in August in one of our new scheduled destinations – magnificent Moscow in Russia. Overall, the tour will visit an unprecedented thirteen countries - an increase of four events on top of last season. As well as Russia, the tour will include new stops in Portugal this November and other destinations to be announced shortly.”

The first seven stops on the European Poker Tour’s Season 6 schedule (amounts shown are US$ buy-ins for championship event at stop):

*August 18-23, 2009:
EPT Kiev Open (Kiev, Ukraine) €5,000

September 4-9, 2009
EPT Barcelona Open (Barcelona, Spain) $11,590, 700-player cap

October 1-7, 2009
EPT London Open (London, England) $8,370, 800-player cap

October 20-25, 2009
EPT Warsaw Open (Warsaw, Poland) $6,460, 400-player cap

November 17-22, 2009
EPT Vilamoura (Vilamoura, Portugal) $7,400, 600-player cap

December 1-6, 2009
EPT Prague Open (Prague, Czech Republic) $7,400, 600-player cap

January 4-14, 2010
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (Nassau, Bahamas), $10,600, 1600-player cap

* — schedule change announced July 24

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