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Poker players of the world, grab your calendars. We have a very important announcement to make.

PokerStars can today confirm the full schedule for the European Poker Tour (EPT) in 2023 — including familiar favourites alongside two brand new destinations.

Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Prague return, as usual, but the EPT will also be visiting Paris, France, and Northern Cyprus.

Yes, the EPT returns to France for the first time in eight years, and also places its flag on the spectacular Mediterranean island for the very first time.

In Paris, we’ll be heading to the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, while the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel Casino & Spa, in Kyrenia, hosts the first EPT ever in Cyprus.

Without further ado, here’s the schedule:

  • EPT Paris – February 15-26, 2023
  • EPT Monte-Carlo – April 26 – May 6, 2023
  • EPT Barcelona – August 21 – September 3, 2023
  • EPT Cyprus – October 11-22, 2023
  • EPT Prague – December 6-17, 2023

MAIN EVENTS, HIGH ROLLERS AND SATELLITES

As ever, the EPT will host full festivals in these destinations, with a €5,300 EPT Main Event, a €10,300 High Roller and often a link up with a regional tour (Estrellas, Eureka, etc.) to offer plenty of smaller buy-in tournaments too.

There will be ample opportunities to join the action via online satellites, with qualifiers for Paris starting immediately.

A full package is worth €7,400 and includes a Main Event buy-in, eight nights’ accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, plus travel costs.

Similar packages will be offered for all events throughout the season.

Cedric Billot, Head of Global Live Event Operations said:“We’re incredibly excited to announce our schedule for The European Poker Tour 2023.

“The schedule includes our players’ firm favourites, 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.” .

Here are some more details about the events:

PARIS

February 15-26, 2023

The EPT is returning to France for the first time since 2015 — but this time we’re trading the cold winds of Normandy for the glitz of the capital. Yes, Europe’s classiest poker tour is heading to Paris, and will set up right at the centre of this dazzling European city.

The tournament will run under the licence of Casino Barriere, but will take place at the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, Paris’ highest skyscraper hotel and a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées.

While the city will offer all the delights one could possibly ever hope for, the poker will be first rate too. The old stop in Deauville regularly attracted huge fields, and with a full schedule of events scheduled, this first stop in Paris seems certain to be amazing.

READ MORE ABOUT EPT PARIS

MONTE CARLO

April 26 — May 6, 2023

The Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo

Europe’s gambling capital will once again welcome the EPT for one of the tour’s landmark stops. The spectacular Salle des Etoiles is the best tournament room in the world, and the 24-hour action is among the richest in the continent.

Marcelo Mesqueu broke Brazil’s long Main Event duck when the EPT last came to Monte Carlo, and with hundreds more Brazilians certain to make the trip in a bid to emulate him, the event in the exclusive principality will be every bit as exciting as we’ve come to expect.

Outside, you’ll find the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean skirting this unique and extravagant city. You’ll need deep pockets, but living like a billionaire for a few days is excellent fun.

READ MORE ABOUT EPT MONTE CARLO

BARCELONA

August 21 — September 3, 2023

Casino Barcelona

It wouldn’t be the EPT without EPT Barcelona, and the only ever-present stop on the tour is once again confirmed for 2023.

Always the most popular stop on the circuit, you can expect record-breaking fields for both the EPT and Estrellas Poker Tour Main Events, plus packed side events. The EPT Main Event winner almost always gets around €1 million, while the High Rollers also always jet in for vast fields with enormous prize pools.

The city of Barcelona is among the most popular in the world, with countless top-notch restaurants, bars and nightclubs, alongside exquisite architecture and cultural sites. And then there’s the beach. The EPT is in Barcelona at the height of the summer, and it’s a fantastic place to work on a sun tan.

READ MORE ABOUT EPT BARCELONA

CYPRUS

October 11-22, 2023

A brand new stop for the EPT, in a brand new venue in Northern Cyprus. The Merit Royal Diamond Hotel Casino & Spa in has been hosting poker tournaments for many years, but has recently added new, vast conference facilities, perfect for poker tournaments the size of the EPT.

This all-inclusive resort sits on the beautiful northern coast in the Turkish half of Cyprus, near the town of Kyrenia. It boasts a private beach and numerous swimming pools, plus restaurants and bars in four accommodation towers. All food and drink is included.

The EPT will be a perfect fit for the venue, and the excitement is already building as the tour broadens its horizons once again.

READ MORE ABOUT EPT CYPRUS

PRAGUE

December 6-17, 2023

Prague’s charming city skyscape

There’s nowhere more charming to be in winter time than Prague and the EPT returns for its annual pre-Christmas jaunt. The Hilton Prague always welcomes players from across Europe and beyond, with one last chance to score a huge payday as the festive season begins.

The tournament schedule will feature all the familiar favourites, including the smaller buy-ins of the Eureka Poker Tour.

After two visits in 2022, only one trip to the Czech Republic is scheduled for 2023, so make sure you don’t miss out.

READ MORE ABOUT EPT PRAGUE

…AND DON’T FORGET THE PSPC/PCA

There are few more attractive ways to kick off the new year than with the PCA and PSPC festival, returning to the Bahamas after a few years away.

The venue this time is the all-new Baha Mar Resort, promising all the luxury and excitement of previous visits to the Caribbean. And of course the PSPC, with more than 300 Platinum Pass winners in the field, will again raise the bar for what’s possible in $25,000 buy-in tournaments.

But let’s not forget the PCA itself, a long-standing fixture on the poker calendars of players from across the globe. It’s a $5,000 buy-in event, with a field likely to be close to 1,000 strong. Add in a full slate of side events, including High Rollers and Super High Rollers, and this is a festival not to be missed.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PSPC/PCA FESTIVAL

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