EPT 6 second-half schedule released

John Duthie
'There has been huge enthusiasm for the new EPT schedule.'

The PokerStars European Poker Tour released the second half of its Season 6 schedule featuring six events from Scandinavia to the French Riviera.

The major change to the schedule sees the addition of a new event in the Austrian Alps - the first 'EPT Snowfest' in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, running March 21-26, 2010.

Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of Austria's premier ski areas and PokerStars qualifiers will also win a six-day ski package for this event.

Traditional stops in France, Denmark, Italy and the Grand Final in Monaco remain on the schedule, but the German leg of the tour will see a city and venue change.

The EPT will not be returning to Dortmund and although the new location has yet to be finalized, it appears it will likely be held in Berlin or Hamburg.

The second half of the schedule will also see the addition of several side events.

"There has been huge enthusiasm for the new EPT schedule and also for the bigger 'Festivals of Poker' like the one we held in London, and will be holding at the PCA, San Remo and Monte Carlo events," said EPT CEO John Duthie.

"The spectacular success of the EPT London Poker Festival a few weeks ago shows that players really relish the chance to play more side events, with a variety of games and buy-ins."

Last season's EPT proved a success with 11 events generating an overall prize pool of almost €55 million - more than any other poker tour.

Almost 8,000 players from 97 countries participated and with 13 events now on the schedule for Season 6, organizers believe the EPT is certain to smash records again.

Online satellites for EPT Portugal and the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure are running now and others are planned in the coming months for future events.

Below is a look at the remainder of the EPT schedule. For more information the EPT website can be found here.

Tournament Date Venue Buy-in Cap
EPT Portugal Nov. 17-22, 2009 Vilamoura €5,000+300 600
EPT Prague Dec. 1-6, 2009 Hilton €5,000+250 600
PCA Jan. 4-14, 2010 Atlantis $10,000+300 1,600
EPT Deauville Jan. 20-25, 2010 Casino Barriere de Deauville €5,000+300 600
EPT Copenhagen Feb. 16-21, 2010 Casino Copenhagen 35,000+2,250DKK
EPT Germany Mar. 2-7, 2010 TBC TBC TBC
EPT Snowfest Mar. 21-26, 2010 Alpin Palace Saalbach-Hinterglemm €3,500+300 500
EPT San Remo April 15-21, 2010 Casino San Remo €5,000+300 TBC
EPT Grand Final April 25-May 1, 2010 Sporting Club Monte Carlo €10,000+600 1,000
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