With an historic 11th season nearly at its end in Monte Carlo, the European Poker Tour is already looking forward to Season 12 with the release of six out of seven scheduled stops Monday afternoon.
“Right from the stunning EPT100 celebrations in Barcelona last August to the eleventh EPT Grand Final here in Monaco, this has truly been a spectacular season, so we are understandably very excited about the forthcoming Season 12,” said Edgar Stuchly, president of the EPT. “In Europe-based events alone we will have awarded more than €100 million in prize money for the first time in the EPT’s history, with more than 60,000 tournament entries.”
While there are four mainstays locked into their traditional positions on the EPT calendar, there are a number of dramatic changes in store for 2015 and 2016. For the first time since Season 4 there will be an EPT Dublin festival, which will take place in February. Dublin was the host of the third-ever EPT event all the way back in October 2004, and featured in each of the first four seasons on the tour.
“We will continue to take EPT to new locations and new audiences,” said Stuchly, “And are constantly reviewing our events to ensure the tour stays fresh and exciting. Our festivals are held in the very best destinations in Europe, and we’re really looking forward to continuing to provide the best live poker experience worldwide in Season 12.”
As has become tradition the EPT season kicks off in Barcelona on August 19, with EPT Prague (December), the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (January) and the EPT Grand Final (late April, early May) to follow. EPT Malta returns for its second season, though this time around it will shift into an October slot occupied by EPT London over the last two years.
Speaking of London, the most notable change to the schedule is the guaranteed absence of two of the longest-running stops in the history of the EPT. Neither London nor Deauville appears on the Season 12 schedule, marking the first time in the tour’s history that there’s not a stop in England’s capital city. For Deauville, it’s the first time since Season 4 that that stop won’t be part of the schedule, with seasons three and four currently standing as the only two that didn’t featuring an EPT Deauville festival.
EPT Season 12 Dates
EPT Barcelona: August 19 – 30, 2015
EPT Malta: October 21 – 31, 2015
EPT Prague: December 6 – 16, 2015
PCA: January 6 – 14, 2016
EPT Dublin: February 10 – 20, 2016
TBD: March 2016
EPT Grand Final: April 26 – May 6, 2016
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