EPT Season 3
Recap of the 3rd EPT Season
Unlike Season 2, where the London event was dominated by European players, the 2006 European Poker Championships in Grosvenor Victoria Casino saw the second time in EPT history that an Australian (Emad Tahtouh, who came in second place) made the final tables. The first time had been only weeks before in Barcelona, where Aussie Jeff Lisandro came in sixth, after having won bracelets in the World Series of Poker the two consecutive years before. Lisandro faced Phil Ivey in the Barcelona event, after having beaten him in head-on competition in the WSOP $10,000 no limit hold'em circuit event just over a year before. Britain's own Victoria Coren, a well-known writer and media personality, would take the first place prize of ?500,000, beating out the other 397 competitors for that event. This made Coren the first women to ever win an EPT event (she was also the first player to win a televised professional tournament and a televised celebrity tournament).
Peter Willers Jespen
Season 3 of the EPT added a new locale, and its premier event was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. The final table of this four day event in mid-March 2007 was comprised of a diverse group of Europeans. Peter Willers Jepsen of Denmark took the first place prize in this new event (the equivalent of $415,679) with pocket sevens in the final hand. German favourite Katja Thater, popular in her home country because of her appearances in the poker-related media, finished fifth. The turnout at the Warsaw event was the smallest of Season 3 with only 284 buy-ins, but this was not unusual for the first time playing in a new location.