At the moment it’s tough to see any storyline beating what happened at EPT San Remo when Victoria Coren-Mitchell ran over the final table and scored her second title on the tour.
Coren-Mitchell’s feat marks a historic feat in the history of the European Poker Tour as no one had won a second title in the 10 years of existence of the tour. Not to mention the fact that Coren-Mitchell is sponsored by the site.
However, the show is moving on, and it’s heading back to the small principality on the French Riviera.
Monaco has been the final stop in nine out of ten EPT seasons, the only exception being 2010/2011, when it was moved to the Spanish capital Madrid.
Four out the five largest Main Event prize moneys were won at Monaco. Glen Chorny from Canada still holds the record with a win of €2,020,000 at the final of season four.
Last year, it was none other than Irish-American tournament specialist Steve O’Dwyer who won the title and banked 1.2 million Euro.
What about the Numbers?
Last year's winner Steve O'Dwyer.
The Grand Final is coming up, and it will be interesting to see what the participation will be like.
The change to a lesser number of stops with a higher number of tournaments has worked very well in Barcelona, Prague, and Vienna, but not as well in London and Sanremo.
The Grand Final in Monaco, with its double buy-in main event, is of course the most attractive of the year, but also the hardest to satellite into.
This year, however, in addition to the large number on online satellites on PokerStars, there have been numerous casinos all over Europe running live satellites.
Among the participating casinos were the Concord Casinos in Austria, the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Casino Namur in Belgium, the Casino Gruissan, Gujan Mestras, Barrière, and the Aviation Club in France, as well the Casino Cirsa Valencia in Spain.
A lot of players will take the chance and travel to Monaco early to take part in one of the last life qualifiers on location, so we might still get a large field of players from all over Europe and beyond.
Highlight Events at EPT Monte Carlo
Jason Mercier came second in last year's EPT Grand Final $100k.
On top of the €10,600 main event starting on the 25th of April, there will be a €25,500 High Roller Single Entry event (April 30th – May 2nd) and a €100,000 Re-Entry Super High Roller event (April 24th-26th).
Kicking off the Mote Carlo poker festival will be the France Poker Series Main Event, followed by the FPS High Roller.
There will also be a €2200 Chinese Poker event, a €1100 Ladies event, a €5000 PLO turbo 6-max, a NL 2-7 Single Draw plus the €1100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Deepstack Championship as well as several Mixed events.
Buy-ins start at €220, so even if you get unlucky and bust from the main event, there are still plenty of opportunities to pass your time at the tables without completely ruining your bankroll.
If you are one of the players qualified for the main event, you have plenty of ways to get from Nice airport to Monaco, the cheapest being train or bus, the most convenient the shuttle buses, and the most exclusive of course the helicopter ride.
The venue will be the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort at 40, Avenue Princess Grace.
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Did you know
- With 18.0000 inhabitants per square kilometer, Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world.
- 78% of the population are foreigners.
- The official language is French, but there is a local Monacan language. An old Roman dialect that is still taught at school.
- There 515 policemen in Monaco. Doesn’t sound that much, but this is the highest presence per capita and per area in the world. There are also 135 soldiers.
- Monaco boasts the highest GDP per capita worldwide – over $150.000.
- There are 39 banks and fund managers situated in Monaco. They are administering about 78 billion Euro.
- There is no income tax in Monaco.
By Dirk Oetzmann