PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand Leads EPT Online Main Event

PokerStars inaugural online European Poker Tour (EPT) continues to impress and, after nine days of action, the main event is underway.

Fintan HandFintan Hand

PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand leads the EPT Online main event after an opening day of action. (Image: PokerStars/YouTube)

Don Johan, Mysters_Y, Ssick_OnE, and Fish2013 have all emerged victorious in recent days. However, with the promise of a $5 million guarantee, all eyes are now fixed on the $5,200 EPT Online main event.

Day 1 took place on Sunday. Registration remains open until the start of Day 2 and players can re-enter twice before the proverbial doors close. However, even before that happens, more than 1,100 buy-ins have been collected.

Poker’s Elite Flock to PokerStars

With the masses flooding in, the EPT Online main event’s guarantee has been broken. Even without the final number being confirmed, those left in the mix will be playing for a share of $5.9 million.

Leading the charge ahead of the restart is PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand. Playing under the screenname “easywithaces,” Hand bagged just short of 3million chips to finish ahead of DingeBrinker and P0KERPR02.0.

Also finishing within the top ten stacks on Day 1 was another PokerStars Ambassador, Ramon Colillas, as well as Event #5 winner, Ssick_OnE.

Play will resume today with 352 survivors from Day 1 and anyone else that decides to take advantage of the late registration period. This means there’s a long way to go for Hand and those among the top stacks.

Indeed, a look through some of the players still in the mix reveals names like Mike Watson, Lex Veldhuis, Sam Grafton, and Chris Oliver. Between some stiff competition and a top prize that could reach $1 million, the route to the final table will be anything but smooth for Hand or anyone else for that matter.

EPT Online Looking Strong

For those that fall short in the EPT Online main event, there are two more chances to climb atop of the winner’s rostrum. The $530 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max will take place on November 16 before the $1,050 Last Chance signals the beginning of the end on November 17.

When the final chips fall, PokerStars’ tournament team will hail the EPT Online as a success. Although everyone would have preferred to compete in a live venue somewhere, COVID-19 restrictions have made it virtually impossible.

Taking the tour online was the next best thing given how other events have played out this year. Indeed, with the WSOP and WPT enjoying success in the digital arena, it made sense to create an online version of the EPT.

With many parts of Europe, including the UK and Germany, introducing fresh lockdown measures in November, the time was right to make a move.

Guarantees for almost every event have been beaten. Therefore, we could see more online EPTs if COVID-19 restrictions continue to disrupt live events in 2021.

Daniel SmythDaniel Smyth

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Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.

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