EPT Season 8
Recap of the 8th EPT Season
Season 8 of the European Poker Tour offers many changes to the previous seasons of the EPT. With the events of Black Friday looming over the tables, American player turnout was actually down, causing lower than expected numbers of players at all of the events to date. This opened the gates for a lot of new talent to emerge at the tables, making Season 8 even more engaging than the previous seasons because of both the new blood at the tables and the changes to the schedule and lineup.
Finally, the Americans and Canadians came out to play in force during the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure stop of the EPT. While this is usual, given the closer proximity to the North America, this is the first time that the PCA has been a part of the EPT since Season 5, when it left to join the North American Poker Tour. In Seasons 4 and 5, the Americans and Canadians took all but two or three seats at the final table-- this time, they left only one seat open to a European-- Ruben Visser of the Netherlands, who was the first to the rail with $156,400. American John Dibella would take home the $1,775,000 prize, part of the impressive prize pool of over 10 million dollars.
Season 8's Copenhagen event had one of the smaller turnouts of the year, with less than 300 players. The final table was comprised almost entirely of youngsters, with runner-up Pierre Neuville of Germany the only player over 30 (and he was almost 70 at game time!). Mickey Petersen took his status as home favourite and ran with it, taking home a DKK 2,515,000 prize (around $453,200). While Petersen has won over 4.5 million online, this was his first big live tournament win. Danes Bjarke Hansen and Jacob Rasmussen came in 3rd and 5th places, respectively, while 4th went to Norwegian Aage Ravn. The last three spots at the final table (from highest finish to lowest) were Niels van Alphen of The Netherlands and Americans Steve O'Dwyer and Spencer Hudson.
The European Poker Tour has announced that this year's Grand Final will move back to Monte Carlo, Monaco after Season 7's switch to Madrid. There are still a few stops to go before we get there, so stay tuned as we bring you up-to-date coverage of all the EPT events!