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EPT London Kicks Off with Big Names and Big Numbers
With an increased schedule of events and big fields forecasted, this year’s EPT London Festival of Poker is going to be bigger and better than ever.
Kicking off today with five side events with buy-ins ranging from £300 to £1,000, players and staff are gearing up for Day 1A of the £5,000 main event which begins tomorrow at the Hilton Metropole in London, England.
Last year’s main event drew 865 and awarded £900,000 to 23-year-old David Vamplew from Scotland. The young gun defeated John Juanda heads-up to earn the victory.
The poker landscape has changed significantly since the 2010 incarnation of this event but expectations are high for player turnout, a prediction that’s backed up by big live tournament fields around the world since Black Friday.
EPT Barcelona, which played out just a few weeks ago, drew 811 players. That was up from the 758 that played one year before.
“It’s a massive event and I think the numbers this year will be even bigger than last year,” said EPT Media Coordinator Mad Harper.
London has traditionally been the strongest bastion for poker players in Europe. That fact, and the city’s attraction as a destination for players from around the world, has made this event a winner for the EPT.
“London’s got absolutely everything that poker players love,” said Harper, pointing not only to the wealth of poker action but to the perks of the city itself.
“London has an amazing nightlife, great food, beautiful architecture, wonderful parks and outdoor spaces,” said Harper.
That last point is particularly relevant this year with temperatures pushing 26 degrees Celsius today.
“We paid off God for good weather this week,” joked Harper.
In recent years the EPT has made sure that event locations afford participants the chance to experience more than just the inside of a cardroom and that’s something that’s resonating with players.
“For me London is all about the food,” said Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin.
Ramdin has earned more than $3.5 million playing tournament poker all around the world but, like many, his experiences away from the table are just as important.
“If you asked me about other locations I might talk about the beaches or the parties but I just can’t get enough of the food here in London,” Ramdin continued.
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