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EPT Monte Carlo: Full house for grand final day 1b

By Stephen BartleyYesterday it was Bertrand Grospellier, today it was the European Poker Tour itself setting the records. While yesterday "ElkY" played more than 60 tables at the same time online, the EPT nearly did the same in the real world - 54 tables, packed into the tournament area and beyond, ...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 29, 2009 11:10 PM

EPT Monte Carlo: Action filled day one

By Howard SwainsAs the seconds ticked down this afternoon to the start of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, the vast roof atop the Sporting Club conference centre cracked in the middle and gradually slid open, bathing the tournament arena in glorious sunlight and revealing a place that most people...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 28, 2009 11:03 PM

EPT San Remo: Constant Rijkenberg wins in Italy

The EPT main event in San Remo has been a triumph from the start, and the final table - one of tension, high-wire hands and enough unpredictable aggression to keep everyone guessing - gave the Italian Riviera the send off it deserved. The principal reason was a 20-year-old student from Amsterdam, na...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 23, 2009 11:32 PM

EPT Monte Carlo: All set for the final eight

If you'd have blinked any time over the past couple of days on the Italian Riviera, you would have missed anything between 10 and 25 eliminations from the largest European Poker Tour event in its five-year history. More than a thousand started and now more than a thousand have departed. They flew ou...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 22, 2009 11:30 PM

EPT San Remo: Dragan Galic still on top

When players reconvened this afternoon tournament organisers were undecided about how many levels to play. Thomas Kremser ultimately opted for playing down to 32, regardless of how long that took. But it soon became apparent that "long" was the wrong word. In less than five hours 124 players became ...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 21, 2009 11:28 PM

EPT San Remo: Tomorrow the money

At the start of the day, we made a prediction. We said that day two of EPT San Remo would be utter carnage, citing a few years of experience as evidence, coupled with numerous relative short stacks among the 400-plus remaining players, plus an innate tendency among the indigenous to gamble. And you ...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 20, 2009 11:26 PM

EPT San Remo: Day 1b wraps up

It's hard to say the story of day 1b in San Remo was any different to yesterday. Just when you thought a tournament field couldn't get in any bigger, a new crowd arrived equally charged, enthused and ready to disregard the hopes and dreams of another for the sake of their own ruthless advancement.Th...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 19, 2009 11:24 PM

EPT San Remo: Day 1a goes to Dragan Galic

Our colleagues working for the EPT website recently came by to ask what were the biggest news stories from day 1a at EPT San Remo. It was a fair question -- there were no huge world superstars at the top of the chip ladder, no Team PokerStars Pro thrashing their way through the field. But at the sam...more

by Stephen Bartley on April 18, 2009 11:22 PM

EPT Dortumund: ShootingStar shines in Dortmund

Two years ago at the Victoria Casino in London, Vicky Coren triumphed on home soil to become the first woman to win an EPT main event. Coren remained alone until about an hour ago at Hohensyburg Casino, Dortmund, when Sandra Naujoks, a PokerStars ShootingStar, joined her in the exclusive club, winni...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 15, 2009 2:50 AM

EPT Dortmund: Final table in place

Four years is a long time in poker. If we cast our minds back to season one of the EPT, we can probably remember the sight of a spiky-haired young Swede and a suave young Italian making quiet yet confident progress through fields of about 200 players, anteing something like €2,000 a pop. There was s...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 14, 2009 2:46 AM

EPT Dortmund: Day two in the bag

It started 11 hours ago. I remember something about fog in the trees but everything else since is just a blur. Such was the pace of eliminations today that in that relatively short time the hopes of 216 players were wiped away, a ruthless period of pain and suffering that left only 35 to return tomo...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 13, 2009 1:39 PM

EPT Dortmund: Curtain down on day one

There was a brilliant sideshow going on today in Casino Hohensyburg. While the cabaret of singers, dancers, gymnasts and burlesque performers took their well-earned occasional break, 358 poker players anted up €5,000 and squeezed in eight levels of an EPT event.And in those brief moments when the li...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 12, 2009 2:35 AM

EPT Dortmund: End of day 1a

Maybe it was the late start or maybe the rising temperature in the tournament room while the rain lashed down outside, but there was something about day 1a that made it feel like a long one. No one could put their finger on it but the 121 players from the 306 who started this morning have certainly ...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 11, 2009 2:09 AM

EPT Copenhagen: Kyllonen cleans up

Veterans of the European Poker Tour know that final tables in Copenhagen can take some time. From the epic Mads Anderson/Edgar Skjervold battle of season two, to the four-hour Tim Vance/Soren Jensen heads up of a year ago, television directors know to bring extra tapes, journalists are well-stocked ...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 21, 2009 10:57 PM

EPT Copenhagen: All set for tomorrow's final

Eight hours ago their tournament hopes were alive. Now, the dream of EPT glory lies in ruins for 32 of 40 players who returned to Casino Copenhagen this afternoon for the business end of another great EPT event.That we bring this news on the cocktail side of midnight is some indication as to how fas...more

by Stephen Bartley on February 20, 2009 10:50 PM
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