The inaugural Hungarian Open is set to begin today as the European Poker Tour (EPT) comes to Budapest.

A maximum of 500 players will be able to compete in the eastern European country and there will be a buy-in of €4,350 ($5,460).

Some of the poker pros expected to take part are Bertrand Grospellier, Luca Pagano, Vicky Coren and Dario Minieri.

Local star Denes Kalo – the most successful poker professional from Hungary – will also be participating in the tournament.

He has had two runner-up finishes on the EPT, both of which contributed significantly to his $2,425,362 in lifetime winnings.

The last EPT event took place in London between October 1st and 5th.

It had a total prize pool of €4,286,976 and attracted a field of 596 players.

The competition was won by Michael Martin who earned £1 million ($1.56 million) for emerging as the victor in the event.