PokerStars, the top operating poker brand, has set a fresh record for its European Poker Tour. The EPT Barcelona has been such a big hit that it is now claiming the title as the largest stop in the poker tour’s 16-year history.
Setting New Records: More than 23,600 registrations took place during the 12 days of live poker action, with more than € 52.9 million awarded to players from 95 countries. The Barcelona Casino played host to the tour stop running from August 20th to September 1st.
It’s not surprising to discover tour stop produced fresh records with individual events with so many players competing. The Main Event has been able to take 1,988 entries into the biggest field in the history of the European Poker Tour. The event’s buy-in was € 5,300, generating over € 9.6 million in prize cash with so many players competing. Sweden’s Simon Brandstrom won this event, claiming first place € 1,290,166.
For most entries, another event broke the record books, drawing the largest crowd since the event was established in 2012. The National tournament saw 4,882 submissions, just under 300 more than the 2017 record set.
Poker Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer, commented on the tour stop’s achievement by saying:
“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!”
PokerStars is so fond of Barcelona that they are planning their return for next year. The No-Limit Hold’em Championship of PokerStars Players will take place at Casino Barcelona in 2020, running from August 20th to 24th.
The opening event was well-received, breaking records as history’s biggest $25k buy-in live poker tournament case. It turned out that over 1,000 players competed.