EPT Grand Final 2011 Set For Madrid

EPT Season 7On Monday the European Poker Tour announced that the Season 7 Grand Final will be heading to Madrid in Spain. The Casino Gran Madrid will host the EPT Grand Final for this year’s tournament, which runs between May 7th to May 12th.

Chief Executive of the EPT, John Duthie, commented in a press release from PokerStars.

“We wanted somewhere new, dynamic, and inspiring and knew that Madrid would tick all the boxes for the traveling poker player, regardless of age or desires. The same familiar team will be running the event and the schedule will, I am sure, provide something for everyone. All the usual qualifying satellites will be held on PokerStars, giving all players of all nationalities the opportunity to join us in launching from our new home. Hasta la vista!”

The EPT Grand Final is the showpiece event of the EPT season. The Main Event of the EPT Grand Final is the €10,000 buy-in event, which is expected to attract some of top tournament players from Europe and around the world. There will also be a €25,000 High Roller Event but the full tournament schedule has not yet been announced.

Of course it’s not the first time that the EPT will have visited Spain. An EPT event was held in Barcelona last November. The EPT Barcelona event was taken down by Sweden’s Kent Lundmark, who won over $1 million and outlasted a field of 758 players to win the tournament.

The announcement is disappointing news for poker players in Monaco, as the EPT Grand Final has been held in Monte Carlo for the past six seasons. Poker is booming in Spain, so moving the event to the capital of Spain is understandable.

The European Poker Tour is currently in Copenhagen, Denmark. The EPT Copenhagen Main Event is the debut tournament for Peter Eastgate since coming out of retirement. Eastgate will also be playing in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in Las Vegas next month, although what tournaments he will play after this is still uncertain.

Here is the event schedule for EPT Season 7 over the next few months:

EPT Snowfest: March 20th to 25th
€3,500 + 250 buy-in Main Event

EPT Berlin: April 5th to 10th
€5,000 + 300 buy-in Main Event

EPT San Remo: April 27th to May 3rd
€5,000 + 300 buy-in Main Event

EPT Grand Final: May 7th to 12th
€10,000 + 600 buy-in Main Event

Look for satellite qualifiers to the EPT Grand Final to be available on PokerStars later this month.