Pokerstars’ decision of doing away with regional models of live tournaments and embracing global standards in this regard, has been unable to gain positive response from poker enthusiasts. The reason being simple – the regional models of live tournaments like EPT had a different place in the hearts of poker lovers. Thus the inhabitants of the poker landscape were not in favour of the  change in the 2017 live poker schedule.

With the end of PokerStars Championship Prague, Daniel Negreanu announced that Pokerstars is bringing back regional models of live tournaments in 2018. “Some beloved things were lost in the move to 2017”, he said. “One of those things: the EPT. And it’s coming back for 2018, along with other regional tours like the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the Latin American Poker Tour.”

Dating back to 2004, EPT is one of the most loved and popular brands in live poker tournament. It ran for 13 seasons and 115 stops, involving 18 countries one at a time, with a considerable number of entries (76,414) in its various main events. During its journey, it had awarded a sum of €432 million in prize money.

Vicky Coren-Mitchell was the EPT’s only two-time champion, and Pieter de Korver won the biggest single prize at an EPT Main Event: EPT5 Monte-Carlo Grand Final (€2.3 million).

“I’m very happy to see it back,” poker pro Jake Cody told PokerNews. “Personally, I was very upset. I know a lot of other people were also. The name had built up such a prestige. Plus, now I can try to be a two-time EPT champion again.”

Retrospecting the journey of  European Poker Tour:

Most Money Won, EPT Main Events

Rank Player Total Winnings
1 Mike McDonald $3,405,344
2 Glen Chorny $3,276,354
3 Pieter De Korver $3,066,850
4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000
5 Dimitar Danchev $2,867,039
6 Bertrand Grospellier $2,710,260
7 Tony Gregg $2,676,175
8 Steve O’Dwyer $2,646,742
9 Mike Martin $2,497,270
10 Nicolas Chouity $2,493,097

Most Total Cashes, All EPT Events

Rank Player Total Cashes
1 Konstantin Puchkov 87
2 Pierre Neuville 67
3 Jan Bendik 63
4 Georgios Zisimopoulos 58
5 Marcin Horecki 57
6 Mike McDonald 56
7 Atanas Kavrakov 55
8 Ole Schemion 54
9 Andrew Chen 53
10 Steve O’Dwyer 52

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