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Austrian Bound: The EPT Returns to Vienna
After a six-year absence, the PokerStars European Poker Tour is headed back to Vienna.
The Vienna leg of the tour will be a five-day €5,300 event held Oct. 26-31 in the Austrian capital with a €500,000 first prize guarantee.
The 19th century Renaissance-style Concord Card Casino at the Kursalon palace in Vienna's City Park will play host.
The announcement came Wednesday, just seven days before the EPT's seventh season kicks off in Tallinn, Estonia.
"I am really looking forward to playing in an EPT event held in my new home town," said Austrian Team PokerStars Pro Johannes Steindl.
"I have been living in Vienna for three months and it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. I'll be playing my best game to try and take home the €500,000 guaranteed first prize!"
EPT Season 7 will begin next week in Tallinn with a six day, €4,250 event running from Aug.11-16 and in addition to Austria, some major changes to the tour have been announced.
Deauville, France, one of the most popular events on the tour, is changing dates and locations for Season 7.
The event will now run Jan. 25-31, 2011 moving from the Casino to The Deauville International Centre. There'll also be an added day, making it a six day tournament with a 1,000-player cap.
The dates have also been changed in Copenhagen, where the event will now run Feb. 21-26, 2011.
Plus, the tour is planning to host a combine golf and poker event at EPT Vilamoura Sept. 1-2.
The €1,100 "Fairways and Felts Challenge" will be played on both the fairways of the Pinhal golf course in Vilamoura and the poker tables in the Casino.
On Day 1 players split into teams and compete against each other in a Texas Scramble. Then their combined points will determine their starting stack for the poker side of things on Day 2.
For more information on EPT Season 7, check out the tour's site.