EPT announces Season 5 schedule

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The PokerStars European Poker Tour released the schedule for Season 5 today. The schedule includes nine events so far with a stop in France re-added to the list.

"The new EPT season includes all the events which have made the past four seasons such a triumph with record fields across Europe and record prize pools," said John Duthie, EPT chief executive. "We have set very high standards and aim to improve on this still further in Season 5."

The season will get its start in September with a stop in Barcelona, then head to seven more countries on its way to ending the season with the Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

The schedule is as follows:

Dates Tournament Buy-in
Sept. 10-14, 2008 Barcelona Open €8,250
Oct. 1-5, 2008 London £5,400
Nov. 15-19, 2008 Polish Open 21,000 PLN
Dec. 9-13, 2008 Prague €5,250
Jan. 20-24, 2009 Deauville €5,300
Feb. 17-21, 2009 Scandinavian Open 52,250 DKR
March 10-14, 2009 German Open €5,250
April 18-23, 2009 San Remo €5,250
April 29-May 3, 2009 Monte Carlo Grand Final €10,600

"Last year's EPT proved a massive success, generating a total prize pool of almost €40,000,000 ($62,000,000), 5,902 players (including 1,682 PokerStars qualifiers) and the biggest single prize pool ever generated outside Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Grand Final," Duthie said.

The Grand Final produced winner Glen Chorny, from Ontario, Canada, who bested a record 842 players to win more than $3 million after winning his seat at PokerStars.

"We anticipate the EPT making an even bigger impact in Season 5, attracting more players from all around the world and even larger prize pools," Duthie said.

Player from around the world will be able to start battle for seats to the EPT events when online satellites for Season 5 begin on July 7 for the Barcelona event. Seats can be won for as little as $2.22.

For more information about the satellites and other promotions at the poker site, visit PokerStars.

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