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Satellites for the EPT

Overview & History European Poker Tour

Before you learn about the options of qualifying for the European Poker Tour, some indos about the event itself. The European Poker Tour or in short EPT is a series of live poker tournaments modeled after the World Poker Tour and held in different stops across Europe. Currently in its seventh season, it began in 2004 in response to the rapidly growing popularity of Texas Hold'em and is now Europe's most popular poker tour. Each season of the EPT consists of several tournament events called “Main Events” (11 in 2011), culminating in the Grand Final. Players travel all across the continent to play in various EPT satellite tournaments, aspiring to qualify for one of the Main Events and eventually, the Grand Final. This year’s Grand Final will be held in Madrid, Spain and is a 7-day event running May 7-12, 2011.

PokerStars

The EPT is sponsored by PokerStars, one of the most venerable and respected poker rooms in the industry. Started in 2001, PokerStars is the largest online poker room, averaging over 20,000 players a day at peak gaming times. PokerStars also offers hundreds of satellite tournaments – more than any other poker room – comprising the entire range of games and buy-in levels, giving people the chance of qualifying online for the European Poker Tour EPT through Pokerstars. Knowing all this, it’s no surprise to learn that over 2,000 participants in Season 6 of the EPT qualified via PokerStars.

Getting Started

If all of this sounds good and you’ve decided that you want to try your luck and qualify to play in the EPT, there are several avenues you can take to get started. If you’ve got the cash, you can simply buy in to one of the Main Events (which will cost you approximately $10,000, depending on the location). However, the vast majority of players qualified by playing (and winning) in one of many satellite tournaments, either online or at different locations. If you’re trying to decide which poker room to choose, PokerStars would be the logical choice.
Setting up to play is easy. First, you’ll go to the PokerStars website (just click here), then download and install their free software. Once you install the software, create your account. When asked for a marketing code, enter PSA2045, as bonus code, use STARS600.
As a new player, you might have questions. If so, there is a “Getting Started” page, and a virtual tour you can watch to get yourself up to speed. To play, enter the PokerStars lobby and click “Events.” Then, choose which event you’d like, and then you can register for any of the satellites they offer. To make your buy in you will have to click the “Tourney Lobby” button.

And the last thing to remember is that when you set up an account with PokerStars, you automatically become a member of their VIP club, and earn Frequent Player Points with every play you make. Accumulate enough points, and you could cash them in to enter one of the EPT satellite tournaments. Now you’re all set to make your way into the EPT. Good luck!