The sixth stop on Season 10 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) will no longer take place in the historic German capital city of Berlin due to “unique opportunity” arising that sees the EPT head to Vienna for the third time in the premier tour’s history.
"Due to a unique opportunity in Vienna, we have decided to change the location of the sixth EPT stop this year," said EPT President Edgar Stuchly. "The Hofburg Palace is a spectacular venue with a grand history, and moving the EPT there enables us to offer a great player experience. The venue can fit over 100 tables and we will be able to provide an amazing tournament schedule with a wide variety of games including cash games in the Hofburg."
The EPT Vienna festival takes place March 19-29, 2014 in the luxurious Hofburg Palace, located in the centre of the Austria capital and within walking distance of many Vienna hotels, restaurants and bustling nightlife. The festival is to be operated in partnership with the experienced Concored Card Casino group, which operates no less than 15 poker rooms across Europe and has a glowing reputation after more than 20 years serving the gambling world.
Pascal Perrault was the first EPT Vienna champion back in 2005 during the inaugural season of the EPT. Perrault topped a field of 297 players in the €2,100 buy-in main event to walk away with €184,500.
Six more seasons passed before the EPT dropped anchor in Vienna again. By this time, in October 2010, the buy-in had increased to a more substantial €5,300 and the number of entrants swelled to 578. Season 7’s EPT Vienna champion was the former PokerStars Sunday Million champion Michael Eiler who defeated a talented final table that was the home to Andreas Wiese (finished in 6th place), Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu (4th) and runner-up Martin Hruby. Eiler’s €700,000 haul dwarfed that of the past Vienna champion, Perrault.
There has been no word from the PokerStars or EPT camp regarding whether the tour will return to Berlin in future seasons. The German leg has always been popular with players and staff alike and has given us champions such as Kevin MacPhee, Benjamin Wilinofsky and Davidi Kitai.
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