With sex offenders, Epic overlays, WPTs, WCOOPs and UKIPT grabbing the poker world headlines this week (and there was the British Poker Awards as well!), one could be excused for forgetting about the forthcoming London leg of the PokerStars sponsored European Poker Tour.
Such is the enormity of the event, which starts in just three short weeks, it requires two casinos to stage the 26 tournaments and an army of masseuses to relax those stressed players who have paid £5,250 to enter the Main Event.
A More Profitable Way to Enter
Sadly (for them) they will have not taken advantage of this weekend´s EPT London Main Event Mega-Satellite, which is going to be played on PokerStars at 7.25pm (BST) on Sunday 11th September. The buy-in for this qualifying event is a comparatively modest £525.00, with ten packages (not just seats) being guaranteed to the Main Event – plus even more for each £8,000 in the pot. Packages include a seat in the tournament, travelling expenses, hotel accommodation and a bit of spending money so even if you bust out early, you will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of London at PokerStars´ expense.
The Most Profitable Way to Enter
Of course, qualifying for a qualifier can be an even more lucrative way of qualifying for a major tournament and, if you are not in a position to pony up £525.00, sub-satellites to the Mega-Satellite are running all the way through the day on PokerStars. These smaller online poker tournaments have buy-ins from just £3.30 all the way up to £108.50 and consist of a mixture of re-buy/add-on tournaments and freezeout games.
Last year´s EPT London Main Event
The 2010 EPT London Main Event was the tournament that put a young Scottish lad on the road to international fame and success. David Vamplew overcame a field of 848 which included 168 PokerStars qualifiers to scoop a pot of £900,000 and an entry into the GUKPT Champion of Champions tournament (which he also won). He has since won a further $440,000 on the international circuit, having only had one cash prior to the 2010 EPT London – $6,000 in a WSOP side-event.
This Year It Could Be You
If you are not already a PokerStars player, download the free software by clicking on the link below and register your account. Players making a deposit will also qualify for a 100% match bonus up to $600.00 (applies to first three deposits within 90 days) and entry into the numerous freerolls hosted on the PokerStars site. To enter the Mega-Satellite for the EPT London Main Event, click on the “Events” tab at the top of the lobby, and then “EPT”. That will take you to all the qualifiers and sub-qualifiers for the Main Event and, if you go into the tournament lobby for those who have already qualified, you will find a certain “davidv1213” amongst those who have already won their way through to the target tournament – David Vamplew is out to retain his EPT London crown!