Following the introduction of curfews and further lockdowns in Europe, the return of the European Poker Tour has been postponed.
As we speculated last week, following a state of emergency being declared in the Czech Republic, EPT Prague has been postponed.
Bars and clubs have a 10pm curfew, Christmas markets have been banned and there is a cap of 1,000 people at culture and sports events. Neighbours Austria and Slovakia have introduced much stricter lockdowns. The WSOPE has been forced to significantly change the schedule during the festival as a result.
EPT Prague was set to return between December 8 and 19. It was supposed to mark the return of the main European Poker Tour to live poker after two years.
“Disappointing news to our players”
PokerStars released a short statement, saying:
Following the recent government restrictions put in place in the Czech Republic we have had to make the unfortunate decision to postpone EPT Prague.
We understand that this will be disappointing news to our players, but we must follow the government guidance given to us. The health and safety of our staff and players is a top priority and we will look to run EPT Prague at a later date when we are safe and able to do so.
Players who have qualified for the event online can contact email@example.com to get refunds.
The next official EPT event is set to be EPT Sochi in March next year. However, with lockdowns being imposed in mainland Europe and fears of a new COVID variant, sadly live poker in Europe once again looks in doubt for many.
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Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy, PKO Poker Strategy & the new book Endgame Poker Strategy