Intertops Poker is offering players one last chance to qualify for next month´s European Poker Championships in the picturesque Austrian resort of Velden.
Velden is a summer health resort on the banks of Lake Worther in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia. Known for its huge range of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment, Velden has developed a reputation of being “the Monte Carlo of the Alps”.
Just like Monte Carlo, Velden is a marvelous location for a live poker tournament; so it is no surprise Velden has been chosen as the venue for this year´s European Poker Championship – the highlight of which is a €2,700 (c. $3,000) buy-in Main Event with an estimated prize pool of €700,00 (c. $788,750).
The Main Event takes place between July 27th and July 30th, and Intertops Poker is offering players the chance to qualify for the tournament via a series of satellites and sub-satellites this week. The winner of Sunday´s final will not only win their seat in the EPC Velden Main Event, but also their hotel accommodation and a contribution towards their travel expenses.
How to Win a Package to EPC Velden
In order to win a package, you have to play in Sunday´s EPC Velden Satellite Final at Intertops Poker. The “Final” (@ 3:30pm EDT) can be bought into directly for $110.00, or you can satellite into the Final via a two-step qualifying route. There is also a “Last Chance Wild West” satellite scheduled for Sunday morning at 11:00am (EDT) guaranteeing one seat in the EPC Velden Satellite Final.
- The two-step qualifying route starts at a buy-in level of just $3.30. Five Step 1 sub-satellites are scheduled each day at 4:10am, 10:10am, 1:10pm, 4:10pm and 10:10pm (all times EDT), each guaranteeing a minimum of one seat in the Step 2 sub-satellites.
- The Step 2 sub-satellites take place each day at 2:30pm EDT. They can be bought into directly for $33.00 if you do not fancy navigating the first Step, and each Step 2 sub-satellite guarantees a minimum of one seat in Sunday´s EPC Velden Satellite Final.
- The “Last Chance Wild West” satellite also guarantees one seat in the EPC Velden Satellite Final. The buy-in only costs $1.10, but players start with just 500 chips. Unlimited re-buys are available during the 45-minute late registration period, by which time the blinds will have increased to 300/600.
If you fancy a break in the Austrian Alps, there has probably never been a better time to qualify for the EPC Velden. Many live poker players are distracted this week by events in Las Vegas, and this is reflected in the number of entries each of the sub-satellites has received so far. Even allowing for the players that will buy-in directly on Sunday, there will likely be a substantial overlay in the Final.
The first prize in the Final is valued at $4,500. It includes the buy-in to the EPC Velden Main Event, accommodation for two at a premium hotel close to Casino Velden, $500 towards travel expenses and a Welcome Dinner with members of the Intertops Poker support team. It is quite a decent prize, but in order to win it, you have to be playing at Intertops Poker.
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