Madrid to host EPT final for first time

Posted by Dan Brown in Poker News, Date: February 23, 2011

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The Grand Final of Season 7 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) organised by PokerStars will be played at the Casino Gran Madrid in the Spanish captial for the first time in its brief histsory.

The EPT Grand Final will commence on 7th May and will run until 12th May. The five-day festival of poker will feature the €10,000 + €600 Main Event and showcase the the €25,000 High Roller event.

The move from the glamorous, tax-free haven for the super-rich, Monte Carlo, to the Spanish capital, has been explained to the press by EPT chief executive John Duthie: “It is with the greatest pleasure that we are able to announce Casino Gran Madrid as the new venue for the EPT Grand Final. We wanted somewhere new, dynamic and inspiring, and knew that Madrid would tick all the boxes for the travelling poker player, regardless of age or desires. The same familiar team will be running the event and the schedule will, I am sure, provide something for everyone.”

Predictably, or even contractually, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu commented: “I’m excited about the move to Madrid and I’m looking forward to seeing what the capital has to offer. Poker is booming in Spain so you can expect a decent number of local players to attend and ensure a juicy prize pool.”

To leave the directly paid-for poker arena for a moment, Carlos Galbeño, the Mayor of Madrid, Torrelodones, said: “The fact that the Casino Gran Madrid Torrelodones has been chosen to host the Grand Final of the seventh season of the European Poker Tour is great news for the Madrid community. However, it is especially important for our town, because not only will the event have a huge economic impact, it will also allow us to project our city as a prime tourist spot in Europe. I am sure that Torrelodones will rise to the challenge.”

The organisers have estimated that the total profits made from EPT Madrid could be grow to more than 10 million euros; €5 million coming from direct EPT-related expenditure, plus a potential further €5 million to be earned from top-end media exposure such as TV rights and broadcast options.

PokerStars also confirmed the dates for the EPT San Remo. The Italian stop will begin on 27th April and be played until 3rd May at the Casino San Remo. English professional, Liv Boeree, won last year’s EPT San Remo to waltz home with €1,25 million for out-lasting 1,239 unworthy opponents.

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