Top operating poker brand, PokerStars, has set a new record regarding their European Poker Tour. The EPT Barcelona was such a big hit that it now claims the title as the biggest stop in the 16-year history of the poker tour.
Setting New Records:
During the 12 days of live poker action, over 23,600 registrations took place with over €52.9 million awarded to players reigning from 95 different countries. The Casino Barcelona played host to the tour stop, which ran from August 20th until the 1st of September.
With so many players competing, it is not surprising to find tour stop made new records with individual events. The Main Event managed to pull in the largest field in the history of the European Poker Tour with 1,988 entries. The buy-in of the event was €5,300 and with so many players competing, over €9.6 million in prize money was generated. Simon Brandstrom of Sweden won this event, claiming €1,290,166 for first place.
Another event broke the record books for the most entries, drawing the biggest crowd since the event was created in 2012. The National tournament saw 4,882 entries, which was just under 300 more than the previous record set in 2017.
According to a recent press release…
Managing Director & Commercial Officer, Poker Severin Rasset, commented on the success of the tour stop by stating: “We are immensely proud that EPT Barcelona has been such a success and that players enjoyed the extensive 51-tournament schedule. Barcelona has always been a well-loved stop and this year’s has showcased its increased popularity. We look forward to the rest of the year with EPT Open Sochi and EPT Prague scheduled, and of course next year’s Barcelona event where the PSPC will be a huge new addition!”
More to Come:
PokerStars loves Barcelona so much they are already planning their return for next year. The PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship will be held at the Casino Barcelona in 2020, running from August 20th until the 24th.
The inaugural event was well-received, breaking records as the largest $25k buy-in live poker tournament event in history. Over 1,000 players turned out to compete.