EPT 10 London Begins Today

EPT 10 London Begins TodayThis year’s festivities at the feature 36 events over 11 days for the European Poker Tour (EPT) 10 London.

For the past 10 years, the PokerStars sponsored European Poker Tour has brought together some of the brightest poker minds in the business. Throughout, London has remained one of the tour’s most popular destinations. And it looks like 2013 will prove no exception, as this year’s EPT London boasts an assortment of exciting new features including a new venue, more events and larger prize pools.

EPT London kicked off on Wednesday with Day 1A of the £1,000 + £100 UKIPT Main Event.  For those who couldn’t register for Day 1A, Day 1B will take place at noon on October 3rd. Event #1 will be held over the course of four days, finally concluding on Saturday.

Another noteworthy upcoming event is Event #4 – the EPT10 Super High Roller 8 Handed. Featuring unlimited reentries throughout Day 1, Event #4 features a staggering £50,000 buy-in and is sure to draw some of the most recognizable names in poker. The Super High Roller begins on Friday, October 4th at noon. A smaller high roller (Event 24) will begin on the 10th, and only feature a £10,000 + £300 buy-in and a single reentry.

The EPT Main Event kicks off on the 6th, also at noon. This year’s buy-in will be £5,000 + £250. The five day event will feature two starting flights, and is set to conclude on October 11th.

For those who can’t afford to spend an honest yearly wage on a single poker tournament, the EPT London offers a myriad of smaller side events. Of the 36 events, 15 of them only cost between £110 and £550 to enter. Casual players will also have the opportunity to play tournament formats other than NL Hold’em, as many of the lower buy-in events will spread less popular games like PLO, Omaha 8, Stud 8 and other mixed games formats. Recent sensation Open Face Chinese Poker has also found its way to the EPT, and will be spotlighted in Event #12 (£2,000 + £200 buy-in).

For the first time ever, PokerStars will allow players to register through their online account for up to two hours before the tournament starts. Players are also permitted to use more traditional means, such as debit cards and cash. In order to play at any EPT events players will need a PSLive card and a Hippodrome Friends card. The reason for the latter is that the EPT has moved to a new venue, the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, this year. The Grand Connaught is licensed under The Hippodrome Casino. Overall, the registration process could be a bit more straightforward, especially for those who do not yet possess one or both of the two cards required.

The always humorous, sometimes insightful EPT commentators Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan will return to host EPT Live. Their colorful commentary will begin with the Super High Roller on Friday and conclude with the Main Event final table, featuring hold cards, next Saturday.