The preliminary round of the Main Event will start on 3 March with the Phase 1 tournaments. These offer a qualification with a buy-in of € 48. The players receive 10,000 chips in return, the levels last 12 minutes at the Turbo tournament and 20 minutes at the regular tournament. One re-entry is possible.
Day 1 of the Main Event will then start on 6 March. The buy-in is € 440. The players receive 100,000 chips in return. The levels last 30 minutes and increase to 45 minutes on Day 2, and to 60 minutes in the final. One re-entry is possible, with a play-off down to 10 % of the participant field on the starting days. The late registration is possible until the end of level nine. The Mincash is € 1,000.
All remaining players will take their chip count into Day 2 of the Main Event. Day 2 will start on 10 March - altogether 10 levels will be played on the starting days. Altogether, four starting days with nine flights are offered.
The final will be played on 11 March at 3 pm at the Montesino.
Whoever qualifies twice for the Main Event at the Vienna Poker Festival will collect a great bonus for each double qualification.
A double qualification at the Vienna Poker Festival Main Event will fetch € 3,000. The higher stack will advance to the finals.