€500,000. Half a million euros. That is the guarantee we have put on the prize pool of the partypoker Grand Prix Austria Main Event. Despite this massive sum being on the line, the buy-in for Grand Prix Austria weighs in at an affordable €225. Will the guarantee be hit?

Grand Prix Austria Schedule

Online Day 1s have been running at partypoker since February and are now nearing completion. At time of writing, only four Online Day 1s remain, each taking place at 8:00 p.m. CET between April 5-8.

Remaining Online Day 1s

Date Time (CET) Tournament Name Buy-in
Wednesday 5 April 8:00pm Grand Prix Austria Online Day 1: €500K Gtd €200+€25
Thursday 6 April 8:00pm Grand Prix Austria Online Day 1: €500K Gtd €200+€25
Friday 7 April 8:00pm Grand Prix Austria Online Day 1: €500K Gtd €200+€25
Saturday 8 April 8:00pm Grand Prix Austria Online Day 1: €500K Gtd €200+€25

Like previous installments of the Grand Prix, you also have the chance to play a Live Day 1 at the main venue, in this case the excellent Montesino in Vienna, or in various casinos around the country.

One you have progressed from a Day 1, either Online or Live, Day 2 and the final day’s play takes place at Montesino

Remaining Live Tournaments

Date Time (CET) Tournament Name Buy-in
Thursday 6 April 5:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Friday 7 April 5:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Friday 7 April 5:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [CCC Simmering] €200+€25
Friday 7 April 5:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [CCC Bregenz] €200+€25
Friday 7 April 6:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [CCC Kufstein] €200+€25
Friday 7 April 9:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Saturday 8 April 2:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Saturday 8 April 5:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [CCC Simmering] €200+€25
Saturday 8 April 9:00pm Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Sunday 9 April 10:00am Grand Prix Austria Live Day 1: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Sunday 9 April 3:30pm Grand Prix Austria Day 2: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25
Monday 10 April 2:00pm Grand Prix Austria Final Day: €500K Gtd [Montesino] €200+€25

What to expect at Grand Prix Austria

Grand Prix Vienna

Gasometer Vienna as seen from Montesino

Montesino Casino is found at Guglgasse 11, 1110 Wein, Austria and is a superb poker venue. Founded in October 2008, Montesino has grown to become Austria’s premier destination for poker tournaments and cash games.

The venue houses more than 40 poker tables, a sports bar with a terrace, a restaurant area featuring culinary delights from the “Cooks” kitchen, an exclusive VIP lounge with its own bar, and 34 TV screens dotted around so you never have to miss any major sporting action.

Montesino is found only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Vienna and a 20-minute drive from Vienna International Airport so it is easy to get to and from.

Those of you heading to Montesino, where poker meets entertainment, on April 8 will be able to help yourself to some welcome drinks, canapés and fingerfood from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Grand Prix Austria: Where to Stay

Hopefully, you’ll be needing a hotel room because you’ll have progressed to Day 2 and beyond. Montesino has negotiated some special rates for several local hotels, which will be applied when you mention Montesino.

Some of the hotels include:

Grand Prix Austria: A little about Vienna

Grand Prix Vienna

Vienna’s sprawling skyline. (photo courtesy of Mohsen Soori)

Vienna is the largest city of Austria and homes almost one third of Austria’s population; Vienna is the seventh-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.

Often called the City of Music thanks to its musical legacy, Vienna is also called The City of Dreams because the world’s first psycho analyst Sigmund Freud called Vienna home. Other notable historic figures hailing from Vienna include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, former Governor of California Arnold Schwartznegger, Marie Antoinette,

Vienna is a rich city, one that known for its high quality of life and a city visited by 6.2 million tourists in 2014. It is also the city that is the base for football teams SK Rapid Wien and Austria Wien; the latter are at home to St Polten at 5:30 p.m. CET on April 8 should you fancy watching an Austrian Bundesliga game.

If you love food then you’ll love Vienna because Vienna is famous for Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of veal or pork that is pounded flat, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs and fried in clarified butter.

Street vendors throughout Vienna serve various sausages such as Wiener, Burenwurst, Kasekrainer, and Bratwurst — our mouths are salivating already — so ensure you bring some of the local currency with you, which is euros.

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