Italy, the Netherlands and France have qualified more players for the Everest Poker European Championship (EPEC) in live events in Milan, Scheveningen and Nantes during the last two weeks. Winners were awarded a €900 prize package, including the €500 championship buy-in and €400 for travel and accommodation expenses.
In Italy, Antonio Lerario defeated 120 players at the last live Italian EPEC qualifier that took place May 28 in Milan. Second place was awarded to Claudio Vincenzi with Petazzi Gigi placing third.
"The participation at the last event was unbelievable," said Stefano Sconamila, event manager for the Italian qualifiers. "Players from cities spread all over Italy - Imperia, Brescia, Cagliari, Bologna - gathered in Milan for another exciting poker tournament."
Lerario, from Brescia, will now advance to represent Italy in the EPEC at Casino de Barcelona in Spain on September 9, 2006, together with Zoran Rajovich, who qualified in Cagliari, and Diego Cavalla, who won his seat in Turin.
Dutch Everest Poker player "CrazyCards" defeated nearly 80 players at the Scheveningen qualifier May 28, securing his chance to represent Holland at the European Championship in Barcelona this fall, where he will be joined by fellow countryman and Everest Poker player "Gobogobo" from Utrecht. The final live event for Holland was June 4 in Amsterdam. Final table details have not yet been released.
In Nantes, France, David Farcy beat almost 100 players to take first at the EPEC France qualifier on June 3. He, along with second place winner Yvonic Trocherie, will head to Barcelona in September to represent France at the championship event, where they will join four other French players, including "polpif" and "_amnesiac_" from the Bordeaux event and "Nicolas" and "Christian" who championed the field in Marseille.
The Everest Poker European Championship is a pan-European poker series consisting of land-based and online satellite freerolls in seven countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Denmark, and Sweden. The tournament launched in March 2006, and will culminate with a championship event at the Casino de Barcelona on September 9, 2006.
Ultimately, 100 players from throughout Europe will qualify to represent their countries in a European Championship finale in Spain this fall, where they will compete for the €50,000 prize pool offered by Everest Poker.
A number of Europe-wide online satellites continue to run at Everest Poker, as well as Italian qualifiers. Please the multi-table tournament area at the poker room for a complete schedule.