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The 2009 edition of the European Poker tour is set to kick off this August with the traveling tournament’s debut in Moscow. The tour’s first-ever stop in the heartland of Russia, offers poker glasnost to players from August 18-23.

According to EPT founder John Duthie, “Russia has enormous potential, where many people have been brought up playing games like chess. It is a natural transition to poker, evident by the phenomenal success of Russian players on the worldwide stage,” said Duthie in a recent interview with

The EPT also makes its debut in Portugal this year when the tour stops at Vilamoura in November (17-22). In addition to this luxurious tournament destination, the EPT also travels to Barcelona (Sept. 4-9), London (1-7), Poland (Oct. 20-25), Prague (Dec. 1-6) and the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas (Jan. 4-14).

According to Duthie, the Pokerstars-sponsored touranment series continues to grow at a rapid clip. This was one of the reasons why they decided to ex[pand to Portugal. “Portugal has always been one of my favorite destinations in Europe and I am delighted that we are finally going to be holding an event there. This will be a wonderful opportunity for players to take in the sights of Vilamoura and maybe get a few rounds of golf in,” said Duthie.

Tournament City /Country Main Event Dates Buy-In CAP
EPT MOSCOW Moscow, RUSSIA Aug 18-23 200K+12K RUB* 600
EPT BARCELONA Barcelona, SPAIN Sept 4-9 8,000+300 EUR 700
EPT LONDON London, UK Oct 2-7 5,000+250 GBP* 800
EPT WARSAW Warsaw, POLAND Oct 20-25 23,500K+1,500K PLN 400
EPT VILAMOURA Vilamoura, PORTUGAL Nov 17-22 5,000+300 EUR 600
EPT PRAGUE Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Dec 1-6 5,000+250 EUR* 600
PCA Atlantis Resort, BAHAMAS Jan 4-14 10,000+600 USD 160

* 3% of tournament prize-pool will be withheld to cover the costs of floor staff and dealers.

** 4% of tournament prize-pool withheld for government taxation.

Players looking to travel to each stop must make sure they have the proper Visas to do so.

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