EPT lands in Italy Tuesday


The PokerStars European Poker Tour makes its way to Italian soil for the first time this week with the start of the San Remo event Tuesday.

According to the EPT Web site, the event is already sold out despite it being the first time the tour has staged an event in Italy. Among the players signed up to play are Team PokerStars pros Daniel Negreanu, Tom McEvoy, Vanessa Rousso, Raymond Rahme, Lee Nelson, Dario Minieri, Luca Pagano and Katja Thater.

There are plenty of online players heading for the live event courtesy of PokerStars as well. More than 160 players qualified for the EPT event at PokerStars.

Some prominent online players who will be in attendance include Ryan "Daut44" Daut, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan, among others.

With a full 500-person playing field expected for the €4,700 buy-in plus €300 fee event, the prize pool should top out at more than €2 million. Prize pools for EPT events have reached €2 million or more at eight out of the nine events on the tour so far this season, leaving the winners with €600,000 or more.

This event is the final leg of the tour before the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. The Grand Final is scheduled for April 12-17.

The winners of the Season 4 EPT events thus far are:

  • Barcelona Open: Sander Lylloff
  • London: Joseph Mouawad
  • Baden Classic: Julian Thew
  • Dublin: Reuben Peters
  • Prague: Arnaud Mattern
  • Caribbean Adventure: Bertrand Grospellier
  • German Open: Mike McDonald
  • Copenhagen: Tim Vance
  • Warsaw: Michael Schulze

Play in the San Remo event begins at 3 p.m. local time for Day 1a. The second half of the playing field will begin play on Wednesday with the tournament scheduled to crown a winner April 5.

PokerListings.com will be on the scene to bring you the best live updates, reports, interviews, photos and more from the Casino San Remo. Check it out in the Live Tournaments section.

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