European Poker Tour breaks records in Barcelona

Stars EPT stop in Barcelona breaks recordsThe Stars Group today announced that the Barcelona stop on its PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT), one of several major live poker tournament series sponsored by PokerStars, came to a close on Sunday, September 2, setting a PokerStars record for the number of entrants to an EPT main event.

The EPT Barcelona Main Event attracted the largest live main event player field in PokerStars EPT history with more than 1,900 entrants playing over six days generating a main event prize pool of approximately €9.4 and a first-place prize of approximately €1.6 million. Overall, EPT Barcelona attracted over 4,500 players from 109 countries and generated a total of approximately 19,600 entries across 35 tournaments and a total prize pool of $44 million.

PokerStars also awarded 10 Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), which takes place in January 2019, to the winners of EPT Barcelona’s main and headline events. Each Platinum Pass is worth $30,000 and includes a $25,000 PSPC buy-in, accommodation at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and approximately $2,000 for travel and expenses.

The EPT, which is regarded in the industry as one of the world’s most iconic live poker tours, has this year also stopped in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Monte Carlo, and will stop for the EPT Open in Sochi in September and EPT Prague in December.