Changes at PokerStars EPT, WPT Season XII Kicks-Off and More

Posted: August 19th, 2013

In this week’s look around the world of online poker our focus will be on the tournament series that have started back-up now that the World Series of Poker is over: The World Poker Tour (WPT), which just launched Season XII in Cyprus, and the European Poker Tour (EPT) as the PokerStars-backed tournament series gets ready for their historic 10th Season.

We’ll also bring you the latest offer from Switch Poker and take a look at some new videos uploaded to the Sky Poker YouTube Channel.

Changes in Store for Season 10 of the PokerStars EPT

Season 10 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour is likely to be one of the biggest and best in the history of the tour –and if you’re like me you’re probably scratching your head right now saying, “Has it really been 10 years?”

PokerStars is well known for going above and beyond when it comes to milestones and anniversaries, and the historic 10th year of the EPT will likely see the site run some creative and lucrative promotions throughout the season.

Before we even talk about potential promotions and contests, we already know that there are several changes in store for the EPT this coming season, as EPT spokesman Neal Johnson relayed some exciting new changes on the 2+2 forum:

  • Late Registration will be pushed back to the start of Day 2. According to Johnson, “players who buy in to the start of Day 2 will sit with a 30K stack at Level 9 (400/800/100)."
  • High-Roller tournaments will now be three-day tournaments, not two-day events
  • An emphasis towards a better-rounded schedule with more non-Holdem games

So far two series from Season 10 of the EPT have been announced: the EPT Barcelona (which kicks-off Season 10 on August 26) and the EPT London, which is always one of the biggest events of the year.

You can find out more about Season 10 of the EPT at

A Look at the bWin WPT Merit Cyprus

While the upcoming EPT schedule is being hashed-out, the twelfth season of the World Poker Tour got underway over in Cyprus, with the bWin Merit Cyprus Poker Classic.

A total of 262 players registered for the Main Event (a $3,500 buy-in No Limit Holdem tournament) generating a total prize-pool of over $1 million, and a first-place prize of $250,000. Halfway through Day 2 of the Main Event the field has been pared-down to just 60 players, with virtually all of the big names having been eliminated, like Sam Trickett, Mike Mizrachi, and Kara Scott, although there are still plenty of talented, but lesser-known, players alive in the field.

One player still in the running is former EPT Champion Giacomo Fundaro, who is sitting in 8th place at the time of writing according to the website. Giacomo won the 2012 WPT Mazagan Main Event in Morocco, and is fast approaching $500k in career tournament earnings according to his Hendon Mob page.

Get a free bwin bankroll here.

Sky Poker Cash Game added to YouTube

One of the most popular shows on Sky Poker’s TV channel is their high-stakes cash-games, and the most recent episode, Season 2 Episode 5, featuring the likes of James Dempsey, Ryan Spittles, Sam Grafton, and others, has now been uploaded to the Sky Poker YouTube Channel.

The YouTube video is a full 90 minutes, showcasing all of the action from the game:

And of course, new players from the UK can play with no deposit at Sky Poker.

What’s Happening at Switch Poker

Switch Poker is making one of the strongest pushes to bring casual players to their tables that I’ve seen since the heyday of the poker boom when the emphasis was on prizes and bonuses, and not on rakeback and other offers that generally appeal to grinders. Right now at Switch Poker new players can choose from one of three options:

  • A €600 Deposit Bonus -Requires a deposit of €20 or more (Switch Poker will match your deposit dollar for dollar) and clears at a rate of €10 for every 2,500 SPP’s you earn.
  • A Free iPod Touch - This option is available to any player depositing at least €50 and requires a player to clear 60,000 SPP’s within six months.
  • A Free iPad - Players depositing at least €150 at Switch Poker can choose to receive a free iPad provided they clear 100,000 SPP’s in the required six months.

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