The European Poker Tour returns to Dublin tomorrow after an eight year break. It should only take a hand or two to feel back at home.
Dublin is a poker town, and while the EPT has been away the UKIPT has made it home, so in many ways the UKIPT Main Event, which gets the festival started, is a fitting way to mark our return to the Royal Dublin Society.
The UKIPT Main Event will look a little different this time around, with three days of action before play takes a day off ahead of the final table on Monday. You only have to take a look at the schedule to see why.
Sunday also happens to be when the EPT Main Event kicks off, something no player would wish to miss, including those at the UKIPT Main Event final table. The least we can do for them is pause the action while they join the festival’s main feature. They then play down to a UKIPT champion on Monday.
At which point the Single Day High Roller will have started, with a €10,000 buy-in for those with richer tastes. That should have its winner a few hours ahead of the closure of late registration in the EPT Main Event 15 minutes before Day 2 starts on Tuesday.
The last marquee event of the festival is the €10,000 High Roller starting on Thursday February 18, which will race the Main Event to a winner. The three-day event ends on Saturday just as the Main Event does the same.
So there you have it. The nine day, 67 event Dublin festival wrapped up in just over 300 words.
Regardless of whether you’re in Dublin to play any of these events, or indeed any of the side events designed to suit all tastes and bankrolls, be sure to follow everything on the PokerStars Blog. Our team will be covering all of the above with live updates from start to finish each day. You’ll also find regular reminders on our Twitter account which you can follow: @PokerStarsBlog.
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Furthermore much of what takes place will be on EPT Live from Day 2 of the Main Event, a great way to stay up to speed on the general sense of what’s going on, even if you just leave Joe and James talking to themselves while you get on with something else.
Like I said, it all starts tomorrow at 10am, unusual given that’s the middle of the night for some players. Nevertheless, that’s when we’ll be there, having stayed up all night giddy with excitement.
And if you make the trip to Dublin, be sure to stop by and say hi.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.