The live poker action in 2022 concludes with one of the most popular stops in Europe as the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) returns to Prague for the annual showdown prior to the Christmas festivities. From December 7 to 18, 2022, the King's Casino Prague hosts the flagship live poker series of the global stalwart once more.
To kick the poker activities off in the capital of the Czech Republic, high-stakes crushers from all over the world can test their skills in Event #3: €10,200 Mystery Bounty which gets underway at 7pm local time. This two-day event is set to determine a winner the following day and will conclude four sets of duplicate levels to finish before 11pm local time.
This will be the fourth time the five-figure buy-in determines a champion and the tournament is set to become a fixture of the high-stakes schedule during the EPT festivals. The latest craze in the world of live poker debuted during the rescheduled 2021 EPT Prague festival which took place in March 2022. Brazil's Rodrigo Seiji Sirichuk came out on top of a 655-entry strong field in a €2,700 buy-in after defeating Ian Hamilton in heads-up.
Only a few weeks later during the 2022 EPT Monte-Carlo festival, the €10,200 edition took place for the first time. French businessman Jean-Noel Thorel earned the trophy after prevailing against Spanish poker pro Sergi Reixach. The tournament drew 67 entries and 16 re-entries and Thorel scored a cash prize worth €107,290 and €77,500 in bounties as he won his third-ever live poker tournament.
In August 2022, the very same event drew 74 unique players and 17 re-entries at Casino Barcelona and Francisco Benitez earned the victory, denying Igor Yaroshevskyy in heads-up. Last but not least, Juan Pardo Dominguez added another PokerStars spadie trophy to his collection at the 2022 EPT London series as he came out on top of a 56-entry strong field in the £10,200 Mystery Bounty Event.
Of the €10,200 buy-in, nearly half will go towards the Mystery Bounty prize pool as €5,000 each are accumulated for that while €4,700 each go towards the cash prize pool with €500 in house fees and staff charge are collected.
A total of eight levels are played on Day 1 and the late registration remains open until the start of level 11 on Day 2, which features blinds of 2,000-5,000 and a big blind ante of 5,000. Approximately 15% of the field will be played and the draw for the Mystery Bounty prizes becomes available at the start of level 13.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor at King's Casino Prague to provide updates from several high-stakes competitions as well as all major events during the 2022 EPT Prague stop.