The second stage of European Poker Tour (EPT) series after Sochi PokerStars will held in Monte Carlo. For the period from April 24 to May 4 in its schedule included thirty-nine tournaments with buy-ins from €170 to one hundred thousand euros.
In addition to their share from the prize pools, the participants of the series will be able to qualify for one of the five packages of the Platinum Pass. Also, the organizers decided to use in Monte Carlo several innovations that will make tournaments more interesting and convenient for players.
The first novelty is the restriction of 30 seconds of time per turn for the player on a particular street in the process of distribution. For special cases, each player will receive a limited number of cards to increase the size of the time bank. The second novelty is the introduction of the “big blind ante” option – when the player on the BB pays immediately and the ante for all his rivals. This will avoid mistakes while staging the ante and increase the speed of the game.
The three main tournaments of the series will be two high rollers with buy-ins of €25,000 and €100,000 and the Main Event with a contribution of €5,300. Maine will begin on April 28 and will include four starting days.
At the last stage of the EPT in Monaco in 2016, more than a thousand players took part in the Main Event, and the player from Slovakia Jan Bendik received the prize for the first place (€961,800). This year, it is quite possible that all these indicators will be blocked, since in Main Event this time one re-entry will be available.