Guide to the European Poker Tour

**Has Been Cancelled by Pokerstars at the End of 2016

The European Poker Tour was a high stakes poker tournament series started in 2004 that featured stops all across Europe and a few other stops around the world. As a competing tour to the World Poker Tour and similar tours, the European Poker Tour aimed to capture a wider player pool by offering buy-ins about half the size of those at the WPT. This lower buy-in trend continued through the end of season three when they were forced to raise the buy-ins due to space constraints.

Many European casinos are smaller and don’t have massive spaces to accommodate huge poker tours. As poker boomed in popularity, they quickly were getting too many players for the event venue spaces they had for the tournaments. To deal with this, they raised the buy-ins for most of the main events to £8.000.

The Tour

The first two seasons of the tour saw seven events which were increased to eight in the third season. The number of tour stops continued increasing to its peak of 13 events through season eight and then began decreasing through its final thirteenth season which only had three events. Each stop on the tour had several preliminary events of varying buy-ins and games but always culminated in a main event for each stop.

Each season of the European Poker Tour had a championship event known as the EPT Grand Final which has been held in Monte Carlo every single season except for Season 13 which had no final event. Unlike some of the other tours, the European Poker Tour usually kept a lot of the same stops through all of the seasons. As new ones were added during the rise, they would usually stay on the schedule for multiple years.

The events all took place in Europe until Season 4 when they added the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure series held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. This tournament regularly had the largest prize pool as the island spot drew a lot of competitors looking for poker fun and some sun. The usual first prize in the main event of the Caribbean Adventure was ~ $2,000,000. This was significantly higher than the other stop on the tour.

Prior Winners of the EPT

The list of winners of the EPT events is full of decorated players and some of the best in the world. While a lot of the winners are European, the American and UK players have made a strong statement on the scene. This is to be expected as travel costs are significantly higher for Americans to get to these European-based events.

Here is the list of the prior winners for each main event as well as the amount they won for their troubles.

Season 1

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Open Alexander Stevic €80,000
EPT London John Shipley £200,000
EPT Dublin Ram Vaswani €93,000
EPT Scandinavian Open Noah Boeken DKr1,098,340
EPT French Open Brandon Schaefer €144,000
EPT Vienna Pascal Perrault €184,500
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Rob Hollink €635,000

Season 2

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Open Jan Boubli €426,000
EPT London Mark Teltscher €280,000
EPT Baden Classic Patrik Antonius €288,180
EPT Dublin Mats Gavatin €317,000
EPT Scandinavian Open Mads Andersen DKr2,548,040
EPT French Open, Deauville Mats Iremark €480,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Jeff Williams €900,000

Season 3

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Open Bjørn-Erik Glenne €691,000
EPT London Victoria Coren £500,000
EPT Baden Classic Duc Thang Nguyen €487,397
EPT Dublin Roland de Wolfe €554,300
EPT Scandinavian Open Magnus Petersson DKr4,078,080
EPT German Open, Dortmund Andreas Høivold €672,000
EPT Warsaw Open Peter Jepsen zł1,226,711
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Gavin Griffin €1,825,010

Season 4

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Open Sander Lylloff €1,170,700
EPT London Joseph Mouawad £611,520
EPT Baden Classic Julian Thew €670,800
EPT Dublin Reuben Peters €532,620
EPT Prague Arnaud Mattern €708,400
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Bertrand Grospellier $2,000,000
EPT German Open, Dortmund Mike McDonald €933,600
EPT Scandinavian Open Tim Vance DKr6,220,488
EPT Warsaw Open Michael Schulze zł2,153,999
EPT Sanremo Jason Mercier €869,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Glen Chorny €2,020,000

Season 5

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Open Sebastian Ruthenberg €1,361,000
EPT London Michael Martin £1,000,000
EPT Hungarian Open Will Fry €595,840
EPT Warsaw Open João Barbosa €367,140
EPT Prague Salvatore Bonavena €774,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Poorya Nazari $3,000,000
EPT French Open, Deauville Moritz Kranich €851,400
EPT Scandinavian Open, Copenhagen Jens Kyllönen DKr6,542,208
EPT German Open, Dortmund Sandra Naujoks €917,000
EPT Sanremo Constant Rijkenberg €1,508,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Pieter de Korver €2,300,000

Season 6

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Kiev Maxim Lykov €330,000
EPT Barcelona Carter Phillips €850,000
EPT London Aaron Gustavson £850,000
EPT Warsaw Christophe Benzimra zł1,493,170
EPT Vilamoura António Matias €404,793
EPT Prague Jan Skampa €682,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Harrison Gimbel $2,200,000
EPT Deauville Jake Cody €847,000
EPT Copenhagen Anton Wigg DKr3,675,000
EPT Berlin Kevin MacPhee €1,000,000
EPT Snowfest, Salzburg Allan Bække €445,000
EPT Sanremo Liv Boeree €1,250,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Nicolas Chouity €1,700,000

Season 7

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Tallinn Kevin Stani €400,000
EPT Vilamoura Toby Lewis €467,836
EPT London David Vamplew £900,000
EPT Vienna Michael Eiler €700,000
EPT Barcelona Kent Lundmark €825,000
EPT Prague Roberto Romanello €640,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Galen Hall $2,300,000
EPT Deauville Lucien Cohen €880,000
EPT Copenhagen Michael Tureniec DKr3,700,000
EPT Snowfest, Salzburg Vladimir Geshkenbein €390,000
EPT Berlin Ben Wilinofsky €825,000
EPT Sanremo Rupert Elder €930,000
EPT Grand Final, Madrid Ivan Freitez €1,500,000

Season 8

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Tallinn Ronny Kaiser €275,000
EPT Barcelona Martin Schleich €850,000
EPT London Benny Spindler £750,000
EPT Sanremo Andrey Pateychuk €680,000
EPT Loutraki Zimnan Ziyard €347,000
EPT Prague Martin Finger €720,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure John Dibella $1,775,000
EPT Deauville Vadim Kursevich €875,000
EPT Copenhagen Mickey Petersen DKr2,515,000
EPT Madrid Frederik Jensen €495,000
EPT Campione Jannick Wrang €640,000
EPT Berlin Davidi Kitai €712,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Mohsin Charania €1,350,000

Season 9

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Mikalai Pobal €1,007,550
EPT Sanremo Ludovic Lacay €744,910
EPT Prague Ramzi Jelassi €835,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Dimitar Danchev $1,859,000
EPT Deauville Remi Castaignon €770,000
EPT London Ruben Visser £595,000
EPT Berlin Daniel Pidun €880,000
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Steve O’Dwyer €1,224,000

Season 10

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Tom Middleton €924,000
EPT London Robin Ylitalo £560,980
EPT Prague Julian Track €725,700
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Dominik Panka $1,423,096
EPT Deauville Sotirios Koutoupas €614,000
EPT Vienna Oleksii Khoroshenin €578,392
EPT Sanremo Victoria Coren €476,100
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Antonio Buonanno €1,240,000

Season 11

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Andre Lettau €794,058
EPT London Sebastian Pauli £499,700
EPT Prague Stephen Graner €969,000
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Kevin Schulz $1,491,580
EPT Deauville Ognyan Dimov €543,700
EPT Malta, Portomaso Jean Montury €687,400
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Adrian Mateos €1,082,000

Season 12

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona John Juanda €1,022,593
EPT Malta, Portomaso Niall Farrell €534,330
EPT Prague Hossein Ensan €754,510
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Mike Watson $728,325
EPT Dublin Dzmitry Urbanovich €561,900
EPT Grand Final, Monte Carlo Jan Bendik €961,800

Season 13

Event and Location Main Event Winner Prize
EPT Barcelona Sebastian Malec €1,122,800
EPT Malta, Portomaso Aliaksei Boika €355,700
EPT Prague Jasper Meijer van Putten €699,300

Cancelling of The European Poker Tour

At the end of the 13th Season in 2016, Pokerstars decided to call an end to the European Poker Tour. The move was made to make way for their new tour that launched in 2017 known as the Pokerstars Championship. While this is a brand-new tour, many see this as a rebranding and continuation of the European Poker Tour as many of the inaugural stops were the same including the Bahamas, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona.