The Poker Stars European Poker Tour (EPT) is about to kick off its new season in a few days and poker players from around the globe couldn’t be more excited for it. The Poker Stars EPT Season 7 begins in Tallinn, Estonia on August 11 and many of the top pros in the world will be there including Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, and Dario Minieri. This event is one of the lower buy-in events for the Poker Stars EPT this season at €4,000 + 250 entry fee, given that all the rest but one are at least €5,000. However, the Poker Stars EPT has expanded to 13 different events this year which is the most they have ever had and go on till at least April 2011 with two events still to be determined. The 13 tour stops includes stops in London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Deauville, San Remo, Vilamoura, Barcelona, PCA, Snowfest, Vienna, and of course, Tallinn. Well most of these places have become regular stops on the Poker Stars EPT, they are welcoming back the beautiful city of Vienna this season after not being there since season 1 back in 2004-05 when they only had seven events. Only six years later and the Poker Stars European Poker Tour has expanded so much that it now has almost twice the events and the calibre of player has also grown just as much.
Although these events are held across the pond, Canadian poker players have not been shy to travel overseas and show off their poker skills. Through 6 seasons of the Poker Stars EPT, a Canadian still ranks 1st in overall winnings on tour, thanks to two solid showings in Season 4. Glen Chorny of Waterloo, Ontario ranks 1st in earnings on the Poker Stars EPT with $3,170,600 in earnings, largely in part to his win at Monte Carlo for €2,020,000 in the €10,000 buy-in tour championship. He also finished 13th in an event earlier that season for $80,000.
Not only is a Canadian atop the earnings list for the Poker Stars EPT career earnings, but there are three other Canadians that rank in the top 20 in earnings through 6 seasons. Poorya Nazari of Richmond Hill, Ontario sits 3rd overall with $3,000,000 in earnings while Mike McDonald and Marc Karam sit 12th and 17th respectively on the earnings list. Karam has made $1,665,876 without winning a title, (he did make the final table in Monte Carlo in Season 2 and 3) the other three have Poker Stars EPT titles and Canadian poker players have made numerous final tables over the years.
Speaking of final tables, “November Nine” chip leader Jonathon Duhamel has been involved in tour events before and currently sits 645th on the money list with a 10th place finish in Season 5. Although he will make quite a lot more in his bid to become the first Canadian poker player to win the Main Event at the WSOP, don’t be surprised to hear him make some noise at some of the European tour stops as well.
Another season of the Poker Stars EPT will bring much more action and with the most events in its seven-year history, quite possibly the largest prize pools as well. Canadian poker players will continue to be involved as they have been in recent years, so keep your eyes open for their results; we will for sure at Canadapoker.com.