New EPT Schedule Includes Stop in Paris; Online Qualifiers Are Now Underway at PokerStars

The European Poker Tour action returns in February with five major series planned across the continent, PokerStars announced on Thursday. The schedule includes the return of some popular locations as well as two new stops on the tour for 2023.

One of the new festivals on the tour includes heading to Paris, France, to kick off the season. The EPT also makes an appearance in Cyprus as well.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce our schedule for the European Poker Tour 2023,”Stars head of global live event operations Cedric Billot said in a news release. “The schedule includes our players’ firm favorites, the first time in the glamorous French capital, and another exciting new addition to the tour.

“Cyprus is the perfect location to add to our schedule and we look forward to bringing all that an EPT has to offer to this new location. We will continue to improve player experience both for online qualifications and at our live events.”

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More details on the new PokerStars EPT season

After a return to the live felt last year, the 2023 EPT season kicks off in February with EPT Paris at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. PokerStars is partnering with Le Club Barrière Paris for the series from Feb. 15-26.

The next stop brings the glitz and glamor of Monte Carlo in Monaco. The stop is set for April 26 – May 6 at the Monte-Carlo Casino.

More action continues later into 2023 at some of Europe’s most historic destinations. EPT Barcelona in Spain is planned for Aug. 21 – Sept. 3 at Casino Barcelona.

Next up is another new location for the tour. The Merit Royal Diamond Hotel, Casino and Spa hosts the EPT Cyprus from Oct. 11-22.

“PokerStars is excited to announce this brand-new location on the EPT and look forward to bringing the biggest prize pools and most prestigious titles to the Mediterranean,” the company noted in a news release.

Cyprus is followed by EPT Prague to close out the year from Dec. 6-17. This has been a longtime festival on the schedule and is back again for 2023.

Qualifying online

As in past events, players have an opportunity to grab a seat in EPT events via online qualifiers. Satellites for EPT Paris went live on Dec. 1, giving players a chance to win a complete tournament package.

Each package includes a €5,300 buy-in for the Paris Main Event and eight nights’ accommodations. More online qualifiers will launch as other events get closer. Here’s a look at the complete EPT schedule.

  • Paris – Feb. 15-26
  • Monte Carlo – April 26 – May 6
  • Barcelona – Aug. 21 – Sept. 3
  • Cyprus – Oct. 11-22
  • Prague – Dec. 6-17

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