It's been a long time since we hyped up an EPT event, but the European Poker Tour is back with a popular destination just before Christmas, so you can cap off your 2021 with a fun trip to Prague and have a chance to pad your bankroll while spending time in one of the most majestic cities in the world.
Right after the Iron Curtain fell, Prague had become a tourist destination and hot spot. Everything looked cool especially the architecture and the old-school beer halls. It made sense that PokerStars wanted to add Prague as a destination on the European Poker Tour. It's one of the coolest cities on the planet and the cultural hotbed for Eastern Europe.
The EPT kicked off their first stop in Prague in 2007. Since then, the Prague and the EPT have gone hand-in-hand. Well, with one exception. The pandemic shuttered live poker events around the globe, especially the EPT where many events went online because after all... PokerStars started as a virtual poker room to connect players from all over the world. But live poker is back with the WSOP kicking off this week and the EPT returning in December with the 2021 EPT Prague.
"We're so excited to welcome our community back to our live poker felt with one of our most famous and well-loved poker tours," said Severin Rasset, Managing Director of Poker at PokerStars. "It's been such a long time coming and we've been working tirelessly and monitoring the situation carefully so that no stone is unturned for a safe return to live events and a great experience for our players."
It's been a long time coming with the pandemic restrictions easing up due to widespread vaccinations and overall increased health and safety protocols, but the European Poker Tour finally makes its triumphant return with the EPT Prague.
"The health and safety of players and staff is of paramount importance and we have a number of measures in place to ensure everyone attending feels comfortable and confident," added Rasset.
The marquee event -- the EPT Prague Main Event -- has a €5,300 buy-in and begins on December 13. For all of you sharks slugging it out at the nosebleed stakes, there's a €10K High Roller slated for December 17. The EPT Prague kicks off on December 9 with the €1,100 buy-in National.
Players will wear masks to enter the casino, undergo a temperature scan, and have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
In case you forgot, Mikalai Pobal from Belarus is the defending champion and he became only the second multi-champ on the EPT joining Vickey Coren. Pobal banked a cool €1 million for shipping the 2019 EPT Prague Main Event.