In an important turn of events, organizers of the EPT have decided to take it online, making it the very first series in the history of the EPT that will be hosted on a virtual platform. This also includes the EPT in the list of other major events, such as the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, hosted on the internet – thanks to the COVID-19 situation.
PokerStars, which is the EPT sponsor, has finalized that the event will happen online between November 8 and 18. The broadcast will be live on the Twitch channel of PokerStars with Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan acting as commentators for the event. Many famous players will also utilize this opportunity to stream their play, and you can join the streaming of the likes of Lex Veldhuis and Fintan Hand during the event. The top management of PokerStars has expressed their hope and confidence that this virtual hosting will help the company to recreate the magic of poker again, albeit this time with virtual tables.
The event will witness a total of 20 events and players will have the opportunity to win big from the pool of prize money as large as $20million. The range of buy-ins is between $215 and $25,000, and a majority of tournaments costs equal to or less than $5200. The main event of the tournament is scheduled to take place on Sunday (November 15), and as one would expect, it’ll be a No-limit Hold’em. To give a chance to low-rollers, the Mini-EPT event will also run alongside the major event. The buy-ins in the Mini-EPT online event range is between $2.20 and $215.
The decision taken by organizers to hold EPT online does bode well for all stakeholders involved in the ecosystem. This will help curb the spread of COVID-19 while replicating the same excitement, joy, and adrenaline among gamers. The gamers’ enthusiasm towards online hosting of the event will also redefine the future course of action for other organizers in the gaming domain.