EPT London: Bigger than ever before

Michael Martin
EPT5 London champ Michael Martin should applaud the new robust schedule.

PokerStars has released the schedule for the London leg of the European Poker Tour and with 16 different events it is set to be the biggest "Poker Festival" in the tour's six season history.

Running September 30 through October 7 the EPT London Poker Festival will feature the return of both the three-day £20k High Roller event and the EPT London £5k main event.

Plus, PokerStars will include the first-ever £2k European 8-Game Championship, a £500 8-Game event, a £1k Pot Limit Omaha High-Low event, a £1k No Limit Hold'em Six-Max event, and a £2k Pot Limit Omaha event in a series of various preliminary tournaments.

"The PokerStars.com EPT London Poker Festival will have a rich mix of games and buy-ins to cater to the most players possible in a compelling schedule - by poker players, for poker players," said EPT founder John Duthie.

"This continues on the fundamental programming shift made for last season's EPT Grand Final where we tried to create the best opportunity for all our players, not just higher-rollers, to play a wide mix of poker games and formats at a variety of accessible buy-ins."

Held in the past at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, this year EPT London is moving 300 metres up the street to the London Hilton Metropole Hotel to accommodate the increasing amount of players expected.

Last year almost 600 players played the main event, won by American Michael Martin.

The Hilton will allow for 200 more players and PokerStars estimates the prize pool will swell to as much as £4 million.

Cash games will be held at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino and the Hilton Metropole will play host to single-table satellites throughout the festival.

PokerStars is running online satellites now.

Below is a schedule of starting days for the 16 events:

Wed. Sept. 30High Roller (3-day event)£20,000+£500
No Limit Hold'em Six-Max (2-day event)£1,000+£100
Pot Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha (2-day event)£1,000+£100
Thur. Oct. 1PLO Double Chance Six-Max (2-day event)£1,000+£100
European 8-Game Championships (2-day event)£2,000+£150
Fri. Oct. 2London EPT Main Event Day 1a (5-day event)£5,000+£250
Super Satellite to Main Event with one rebuy£550+£50
Sat. Oct. 3London EPT Main Event Day 1b (5-day event)£5,000+£250
PLO Hi-Lo Double Chance (2-day event)£1,000+£100
Sun. Oct. 4No Limit Hold'em (2-day event)£2,500+£200
Mon. Oct. 5PLO Double Chance Freezout (3-day event)£2,000+£150
Ladies ONLY event£200+£20
No Limit Hold'em (2-day event)£1,000+£100
Tues. Oct. 68-Game (2-day event)£500+£50
No Limit Hold'em (2-day event)£1,500+£100
Wed. Oct. 7PLO Shootout (Cap 100)£500+£50
No Limit Shootout (Cap 100)£500+£50

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