Everest Poker bringing back European Cup

After a successful event in 2006, Everest Poker is bringing back the European Cup for a second season. Online qualifiers began Tuesday, and players in certain countries can also qualify in life events.

The Everest Poker European Cup (EPEC) gives 200 players from 27 European countries a chance to win €100,000.

Most importantly, all it will cost to enter qualifiers is 10 Summit Points, giving amateurs a free shot at the money.

"Amateur players are often left out of big tournaments, and Europeans are always eager to take part in live and online events," said Melissa Pauléat, Everest Poker director of public relations and events. "So the Everest Poker European Cup gives a chance to anyone who wishes to try their hand in poker."

Qualifiers will run through September, and the EPEC will wrap up with a live poker final in a European casino in October. The first live qualifier will take place May 13 in Amsterdam.

There will be 33 live events taking place in Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal. In addition, more than 100 online qualifiers will be available for 27 countries.

"Last year's event was very memorable as it was the first time anyone had organized a Europe-specific freeroll for amateur poker players," Pauléat said.

"Positive feedback from the players who participated in the online and live events was so overwhelming that we felt compelled to give them a bigger and even better event this year."

The online qualifiers will run for each country every Friday at 7 p.m. (GMT). To register for a live qualifier, visit EverestPoker.net.

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