With the European Poker Tour about to kick off in Dublin, it would be easy to miss one of the many great live poker events happening in this month in Europe.
Whether you are looking for a low buy-in live poker tournament to play in February, or you want to use poker as an excuse to take some days off and explore some new and unusual locations, this list has got you covered. From the North of Estonia down to sunny Greece, February promises to be a great month for live poker in Europe. Check out our list of the hottest live poker events happening across the Continent in the month of February.
Italian Masters of Poker, February 11-15, Rozvadov
The tournament calendar at King's Casino, Europe's largest live poker room, is again filled with great events this month. The first edition of the Italian Masters of Poker (IMOP) of 2016 kicks off on Thursday, February 11, with a promising 11-event festival and a €163,000 guaranteed prize pool.
The festival's highlight is the €100,000 GTD. €155 + €20 Main Event running from February 11-15. The tournament features three starting flights and is set to attract a mixed crowd of King's regulars and Italian players. Back in December, Italy's Daniele Barbera bested a field of 412 and left the room with the title and a €11,500 first prize.
If the €175 buy-in fee is too big for your bankroll, you can try to qualify for the Main Event through one of the live satellites running at King's on February 11, 12, and 13.
For more information about the event, visit this page.
Russian Poker Tour Grand Festival: February 12-21, Budva
This month, the Russian Poker Tour (RPT) is headed to Budva, Montenegro, for a huge 10-day festival that features 26 events and an expected prize pool of more than €700,000.
As some legislative changes kept live poker out of Montenegro during the second half of 2015, the event's organizers are sure that this month's edition of the RPT will draw a huge field to the stunning Avala Casino Resorts and Villas.
The festival's marquee tournaments are two main events with buy-ins of €500 and €990, the €500 Russian Poker Open (February 13-16), the €2,000 Avala Special Event (February 20 - 21), and a special €200 + €200 Under Pressure SuperKnockout where the players' ability to concentrate on the game will be put to a severe test.
Check out he RPT official website for more info about the event.
German Poker Days Festival, February 17-22, Rozvadov
Right after the conclusion of the first IMOP of 2016, it will be time for Germany's best poker players to enter the King's poker room and compete in a new edition of the German Poker Days Festival.
This time, the German Poker Days evolve around a 14-event schedule that features a €100,000 GTD €155 + €20 Main Event running alongside a €8,000 GTD €60 + €6 Opening Event on February 17, a €15,000 GTD. €60 + €10 King's Hold'em Championship on February 20, and a €8,000 GTD €60 + €10 Special Super Stack.
If big money prizes are not the only thing you're after, we advise you to keep an aye on the GPD Side Event I Deepstack Turbo + Vegas Bounty running on February 20, as the player with most bounties will win a trip to Las Vegas!
Read more about the German Poker Days on this page.
Euroasian Poker Tour: February 19-29, Minsk
To celebrate its first 10 years of activities, the Euroasian Poker Tour (EAPT) decided to explore a new location and bring one of their events to Minsk, the beautiful capital of Belarus. To be held at the Princess Juravinka Casino, the oldest and most popular room in Minsk, the festival features a 16-event schedule highlighted by a $1,000 Main Event running between February 26-29.
The festival, which is expected to generate a global prize pool of more than $400,000, features some other interesting events like the four-day $400 Belarus Poker Open (February 20 - 23), the $250 Minsk Poker Cup (February 23 - 26), and a $150 Open-Face Chinese Poker Event starting on February 20.
For more information about the event, please visit the EAPT official website.
OlyBet Kings of Tallinn: February 22-26, Tallinn
If low temperatures and dark days do not scare you, the Olybet Kings of Tallinn is probably one of the most interesting poker events taking place in Europe this month.
In 2015, the first edition of the festival was a huge success. The action was crazy and the field included hundreds of locals as well as top names from the poker world like Juha Helppi, Jeff Sarwer, Kimmo Kurko, and Miss Finland Sara Chafak.
This year, however, the organizers aim to create an even bigger and more exciting poker festival with a calendar of 27 events all taking place at the Olympic Casino at the Radisson Olympia Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia.
While Sarwer, Chafak, and Helppi all promised to be back for this year's edition of the festival, the field will also include two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and poker icon Barny Boatman as well as Finland's poker superstar Joni Jouhkimainen.
The schedule of the festival includes a €1000 + €100 Main Event running from February 24-28, as well as a €500 Open-Face Chinese Event (February 26), a €2,000 Olybet Kings of Tallinn High Roller (February 27-28), and also a €100 Estonia Independence Day Special event running on February 23.
For more information about the 2016 Kings of Tallinn, you can visit the official website of the festival.
World Poker Tour National Brussels: February 23-28, Brussels
In February, the World Poker Tour (WPT) heads to the 'political' capital of Europe for a new edition of their World Poker Tour National (WPTN) to be held at the Grand Casino Brussels, a stone's throw away from Brussels' impressive Grand Place.
The festival evolves around a 10-event schedule that features a €1,100 + €100 Main Event (February 25-28) running alongside other marquee events like the €300 + €30 8 Max Event and a two-day €2,000 + €200 WPTN High Roller starting on February 27.
Those interested in playing in the top events on the schedule have the opportunity to avoid the full buy-in by taking part in one of the many live satellites running at the Grand Casino Brussels from February 23.
For more info about the 2016 WPTN Brussels, visit the event's official page.
PPT High Roller 2: February 24-28, Gevgelija
If you want to use a live poker tournament as an excuse to discover something new, you should definitely check out the PPT High Roller 2 event running in Gevgelija, Macedonia, from February 24-28. Known as the 'Macedonian Las Vegas' this small town of 15,000 is located right on the border with Greece and is set to host a promising three-event mini festival.
While the highlight of the PPT High Roller is the €100,000 GTD. €1,100 Main Event running from February 25-28, the organizers expect some solid action also in the € 300 + 30 two-day Side Event starting on February 27, and in the € 200 + 20 Main Event Satellite scheduled for February 24.
The first edition of the PPT High Roller ran back in November 2015 with the Main Event attracting a field of 85 entries and generating a total prize pool of €106,400. If you are thinking this is probably a very small event no one cares about, think again as back in 2015 it was Greece's biggest winner in live tournament poker, Sotirios Koutoupas, who who left the room with the top € 30,300 cash prize in his pocket.
For more info about this event, have a look at the organizers' Facebook page.
Israeli Poker Championship: February 24-28, Wien
The next stop of the Israeli Poker Championship (IPC) takes place at the Concord Card Casino from February 24-28 and features a seven-event schedule.
The highlight of the stop, as usual, is the €100,000 GTD €400 + €40 Main Event running from February 25-28, where the winner is sure to leave with a guaranteed cash prize of at least €25,000. The players at the Concord Card Casino will have the opportunity to test their poker skills in other competitive events like the two-day €700 + €70 High Roller Event kicking off on February 24, or in the €200 + €20 PLO Side Event set to begin on Friday, February 26.
Check out the IPC official website for more info about this event.