The 2013 edition of the English Poker Open (EPO) has been postponed according to its Twitter account and a banner in place on the EPO site.
English Poker Open 2013 is postponed until 2014 due to unforeseen scheduling issues – visit http://t.co/2MJ9nU9LdG for 2014 event detailsFollow @EPOlive
A statement from the English Poker Open, found in the news section of its website, reads:
The English Poker Open 2013 is to be postponed until next year due to unforeseen scheduling issues which have arisen. The tournament was to be held in London from 27th to 29th September at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City.
It was a tough decision to postpone the EPO, but on balance the right choice as we want to ensure that players at the event have the sort of top quality experience that they expect from the English Poker Open brand.
It’s a result for reigning champion Danishman Mickey Petersen as he now holds on to his title until 2014!
When rescheduled in 2014, information about The English Poker Open 2014 will be announced on the English Poker Open website.
PokerNews reached out to the English Poker Open requesting more information regarding these “unforeseen scheduling issues” and suggested maybe these issues were the fact the PokerStars run UKIPT Series 3 is due to run on the same dates at The Hippodrome Casino. The EPO were extremely quick to reply and although they would not elaborate on what the scheduling issues were, they did deny any link between the postponement and other tournaments taking place in the area.
Also running on the same dates as the 2013 EPO are Day 1B of the France Poker Series Cannes Main Event, the Merit Fall Poker Open Main Event in Cyprus, and the inaugural DeepStacks Poker Tour Barcelona Challenge. Could these events had some bearing on the cancellation of the 2013 EPO? Could something have happened with Apsers and the EPO? Of course, the WCOOP Main Event is on September 29, with a number of big guaranteed tournaments taking place leading up to it. Citing unforeseen scheduling issues as the reason for cancellation covers a multitude of possible problems and leaves the EPO wide open to accusations from the poker community.
The postponement comes as a major blow to the British poker community as it is an eagerly anticipated tournament thanks to it attracted a pro-heavy field. Its attendance figures have dropped year on year, but with the recent partnership with MainEventTravel.com and the fact the busy Apsers Westfield Casino was involved, PokerNews was confident the 2013 EPO could have seen 200+ players buying into it.