When PokerStars decided to move the San Remo leg of the European Poker Tour to earlier in the season, it upset a few of the circuit’s regulars because many saw EPT San Remo as the perfect stop-gap between EPT Berlin and the season-ended EPT Grand Final. This season’s EPT San Remo has already been completed, but you can still get your teeth into a soft Italian field in the IPT Grand Final at the Municipal Casino of San Remo.
Our friends over at PokerNews Italy brought the tournament to our attention, stating a number of Brits headed to last year’s IPT Grand Final. Indeed they did, Sam Macdonald finished 41st from 418 entries for a €3,500 score, while Redmond Lee went deeper still, finally busting in 14th place for €7,300.
Macdonald is planning on heading back out to San Remo for this year’s IPT Grand Final, writing on Facebook, “Played it last year, probably softest comp I've played in last 3 years and will get about €175k for the win.”
The IPT Grand Final Main Event runs from May 2-6 and costs €2,200 to enter. For their money, players receive 25,000 chips, 60-minute levels on Day 1 that increase to 75-mnutes from Day 2 onwards. There is, of course, the added bonus of the majority of the field being Italians too!
Although the €2,200 Main Event is the flagship tournament of the festival, there are still some superb looking side events for players to get involved in before and after the Grand Final thanks to the Mini IPT running from April 27-May 2 and the main IPT festival May 2-6. Highlights include a €5,250 High Roller, €1,100 2-Day side event and the €200 buy-in Mini IPT Main Event, which will be played to an accumulator format that was first seen at the World Series of Poker Aisa-Pacific.