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It’s official! The European Poker Tour will be making its comeback to London this year and punters in Europe couldn’t be more pleased. The European Poker Tour is easily one of the most popular tours in the world. Launched in 2004 by PokerStars, the tour has been held in some of Europe’s most spectacular destinations including Barcelona, Berlin, Monte Carlo, and of course, London.

This year, the European Poker Tour will make its comeback in London for the first time in 8 years. The 2022 iteration will be held at London Hilton on Park Lane between October 18th and 28th.  The London event will see several tournaments being held with each offering buy-ins ranging from a low £110 to a much higher £48,510.

Some of the events with the highest buy-ins include Event #5, which will be a No Limit Hold’em Mystery Bounty that will be held on Day 1 with a buy-in of £9,850. Other tournaments with a similar buy-in include Event #40, the No Limit Hold’em High Roller with a buy-in of £9,700. Other events with large buy-ins include Day 1’S No Limit Hold’em (Event #45, which requires a buy-in of £24,010.

Poker players from all corners of Europe will face a jam-packed schedule of 11 days of poker action. In addition to the exciting events, PokerStars will also be awarding 2 platinum passes throughout this year’s festival. These platinum passes will guarantee entry to next year’s PokerStars Players Championship. 

The first pass that will be up for grabs will be the Platinum Pass Mystery Bounty worth £3,000, which will be held between October 24th and October 26th. The pass will be added to the bounty segment of the prize pool and will be concealed inside an envelope as one of the mysterious bounty prizes. 

The second pass will be awarded to the person that wins the All-in Shootout tournament that will be held on October 22nd. All poker players that qualified for the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour, as well as European Poker Tour London, will be allowed to compete for the second pass. 

Winners of the platinum pass will also receive the $30,000 package. This package includes a $25,000 buy-in to the PSPC, as well as hotel accommodation for the winner and a guest for 6 nights. The package will also handle airport transfers, cater for expenses worth $1,900, as well as enjoy perks throughout the event.

The London stop of the European Poker Tour will also be held simultaneously with the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). The UKIPT has stops in Dublin, Malta, as well as London. The Irish Poker Tour has always been limited to stops in Ireland. However, for the first time this year, the tour will drop anchor in London at the Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford.

Players will also be treated to a Cash Game Bonanza at the London Hippodrome Casino

The Hippodrome Casino will also be hosting an array of cash games alongside the European Poker Tour London. The casino is expected to roll out 40 tables for the visiting poker community as well as present a range of special offers for the poker players in attendance. 

The various events being held at the brick-and-mortar casino will go a long way in keeping the tourists and guests occupied and will be partnering with Pokerstars for all the events. To make transport to and fro effortless, a free shuttle will be provided to transport customers from Hilton Park Lane to the Hippodrome casino and back.

The Tour also made a comeback in Barcelona this year

This year, the most prestigious poker tour in Europe also announced a return to the ever-famous Casino Barcelona for the first time since its last stint in 2019. The EPT Barcelona tour was scheduled to take place between August 8th and August 21st. Some of the largest events organized for this year’s tour in Barcelona included a €5,000 Main Event, as well as a €10,000 High Roller.

This year’s event also included a €100,000 Super High Roller scheduled to take place between August 14th and 16th. Another great event that punters in Europe were looking forward to includes the €1,100 buy-in ESPT Main Event, as well as the ESPT High Roller with a €2,200 buy-in.

This year, EPT will also be making its second return to Prague. Last year in November, EPT Prague was postponed to this ear. The decision to postpone the event was due to restrictions put in place by the Czech government as a result of the growing pandemic health crisis at the time. 

The event, which was expected to kick off on December 8th had to be postponed to a later date when the health crisis had been resolved. At the time, the Czech Republic government had announced a state of emergency that saw sporting and educational events restricted by a cap of 1000 people. 

EPT Prague was slated to host several major tournaments including the €1,100 EPT National, €5,300 Main Event, as well as the €10,300 High Roller event. It was only in September last year that Pokerstars established that the European Poker Tour would be making its comeback in 2022 after a 2-year hiatus.  

EPT Prague has grown to become one of the most highly sought-after poker tournaments in Europe since its debut in 2007. Since then, the tour has blown up to become one of the most highly anticipated stops in the entire tour.   This year’s stop at Barcelona has proven to be the biggest and most thrilling poker festival, managing to attract record fields and awarding millions worth of prize money. 

Final Thoughts

As one of the richest and most prestigious tournaments in Europe, the 2022 European Poker Tour London is expected to attract poker players in the thousands. Last year, the only European Poker Tour was held in Russia during the EPT Sochi Main Event. During this event, Artur Martirosian emerged winner to take home $325,316. Because poker players did not have an opportunity to battle it out in London last year, expect this year’s event to have a massive turnout.

Author: Erika Woods