The New Year brings in a lot of new opportunities for poker professionals across the world. The first month of next year will be seeing a number of poker players – both amateurs and pros – putting their best poker skills to make some money. European poker players, especially, will be seen competing for their share of the prize money during the EFOP or the European Finals of Poker, which is all set to take place in January 2013.
The EFOP begins on January 8 and continues through January 28. It will take place at the reputed Aviation Club de France in Paris. During the 20 days of the series, players will be competing in more than 40 events, including the High Roller Events and championship events.
EFOP Event Schedule
The events of the EFOP have buy-ins ranging between €150 and €10,000. On an average, the individual winnings of the players can exceed a hundred thousand euros. Besides the high roller events, the series will also feature 5 Championship events.
The EFOP features one high stakes poker event, which will begin on January 27, 2013. The event, which will be the last main event of the series, lasts for 2 days, ending on January 28, 2013. The buy-in for this big event is €10,000, which is also the highest buy-in of the series. Members can directly buy-in to this event, or they can choose to enter it through the satellites that are being held at the venue.
The EFOP championship events will be the highlight of the month at the Aviation Club of France, in Paris. There are five championship events in all.
1. Bronze Championship: The first championship event, the Bronze Championship takes place on January 15 and 16. The event will be an NL Hold’em Freeze-out tournament and have a buy-in of €500.
2. Silver Championship: The next one would be the Silver Championship, which has a buy-in of €1,000. The event will also be an NLH Freeze-out tournament and will be held on January 17 and 18.
3. Gold Championship: The third event is the Gold Championship that takes place during the weekend, on January 19, 20 and 21. The NLH Freeze- out event has a buy-in of €2,000
4. Omaha Championship: The EFOP also includes an Omaha championship on January 21 and 22. The event will be a Pot Limit Omaha Triple chance tournament and will have a buy-in of €1,000
5. Diamond Championship: The last and the highest paying event of the series is the Diamond Championship that takes place for three days, from January 24 to January 27. The event will also be an NLH Freezeout event, and have a buy-in of €5,000. Only last year, the championship managed to pay € 129,000 to the French player, Bruno Lopes, who won tournament.
For participating in these championships, you can register at the Aviation club directly, by paying the buy-in amount. For those who do not want to spend on the buy-in, the club is hosting satellites for all these championships. The buy-ins for the satellites start from as low as €50 and can go as high as €1,000.
Satellites for Live Poker Events
Poker players at the Aviation Club during the series can also participate in other satellite tournaments that guarantee seats to some of the best poker tournaments in Europe. Events for which you can qualify include –
• ACFPoker Tour Paris – three satellite events are held for this; one satellite qualifier is also held for ACFPoker Tour event in Brussels. The ACFPoker Paris 2-day event begins on January 13 and has a buy-in of € 750.
• WPT National Event Paris, for which two satellite events are held. The WPT National event has a buy-in of € 1,500 and takes place for 4 days, beginning from January 10. It has two Day 1s, and players are given a chance to re-enter if they are eliminated on the first day.
• EPT Deauville, the satellite for which will take place on January 16;
• WPT National Series Brussels, the satellite event is on the last day of the EFOP.
In addition to the tournaments and satellite qualifiers, the series will also include a special EPA Ceremony on January 22, at 7 pm. The ceremony will include presentation of GPI European Poker Awards, which are given to the best poker personalities of Europe.