EPT Season 4
Recap of the 4th EPT Season
The second event of the fourth season of the European Poker Tour took place once again in Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London, England. This event, the European Poker Championships, lasted five days and drew an impressive 392 entrants. The buy-in was only slightly more expensive than it had been the year previous, at ?5,200, leading to an overall prize pool of ?2,038,400. While Antony Lellouche would make a strong showing, ultimately coming in sixth place and easing his way onto the European Poker Tour all-time leaderboards, Joseph Mouawad would become the first person from Lebanon ever to win a title at the EPT, taking home the ?611,520 first place prize.
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The European Poker Tour's fourth season made the tournament part of a crucial transition; PokerStars Caribbean Adventure was added as a location for the EPT until Season 6, when it would become the kick-off event for the North American Poker Tour. Previous to Season 4, the PCA was a part of the World Poker Tour. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier would win his first EPT title here with pocket eights in the final hand, leaving with the $2,000,000 prize and beating out 1,135 other competitors, including American David Pham, who came in fourth place.
Mid-February saw a similar performance at the five day EPT Scandinavian Open at Casino Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, where American Tim Vance outplayed a great deal of local Danish talent for his kr6,220,488 first place prize, including Soren Jensen, Magnus Hansen, Rasmus Nielsen, and Simon Dorsland, all of whom made the final table.
Just one month later, the action again moved-- this time to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Warsaw, Poland for the EPT Polish Open. One of the smaller events in Season 4 of the European Poker Tour, the Warsaw event had only 359 entrants, of whom Germany's Michael Schulze would dominate, winning the equivalent of $926,220 for his performance. This event would also be the first time that a player from Portugal (Ricardo Sousa) would make an EPT final table, and only the second time that a Spanish player would do the same (Juan Maceiras; the first was less than two months prior when Diego Perez landed a seat at the final table in Dortmund).