EPT Barcelona: Names, Numbers & Other Stories

EPT Barcelona became the first ever EPT event in September 2004, and has been a pillar of the tour ever since. This year’s edition confirmed the success of this stop.

Main Event record field

In Barcelona, a record  EPT Main Event field of 1,785 has assembled to battle it out for the 1,122,800 Euro (USD$1,267,338) 1st prize, in what will be one of the last opportunities for players to be crowned as an EPT champion. Live tournament poker endorsed by PokerStars will of course revisit the city next year, but the action will unfold under a different banner.

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EPT Barcelona ( Photo Neil Stoddart – Courtesy of PokerStars)

More: PokerStars announces a complete makeover of its live tournament offerings

Main Event: Mercier up with leaders

As the Main Event field heads into day 4, just 98 runners remain. Belgium’s Anthony Chimkovitch  currently leads the standings with 1.825 million, but he is followed by the familiar face of Jason Mercier, who came into this event buoyed by a fantastic WSOP during the summer. The PokerStars pro has 1,006,000 chips and will be a real threat going forward. Further down the list, Bryn Kenney is also going strong with 728,000 while Eugene Katchalov is treading water further down with 215,000.

New payout structure in place

While the future holds serious change for the EPT, the present has seen the implementation of changes too. The most talked about alteration came in the form of payouts, which now reward 20% of the field. Season 6 saw an initial 10% payout structure switch to 15%, and that figure has now risen again. It would stand to reason that this change will remain for the new re-branded PokerStars tours next year, although that hasn’t yet been officially confirmed. Some players have spoken out against this change, but are in favour of its ultimate goal, which is to bring more recreational players into the tour by making it easier to cash.

Payouts EPT
Photo PokerStars / EPT

Moorman takes 3rd in Estrellas Main Event

UK pro Chris Moorman has added to his $4 million in live cashes this week, as he took 3rd place in the Estrellas Main Event. He won USD$271,187 for his deep run in the regional event which attracted 3,447 runners. Fellow UK pro Louis Salter took 24th place in the same tournament.

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Chir Moorman (Photo www.chrismoorman.com)

High Roller headlines

Pratyush Buddiga banked a career best score of $780,095 in the 25,000 Euro ($28,231) High Roller event. The US based pro sent his lifetime career earnings soaring to almost $5 million with this substantial score.

Holz EPT Barcelona

Meanwhile in the Super High Roller, the irrepressible and seemingly invincible Fedor Holz took victory once again. The German superstar was supposedly enjoying his recently announced retirement when the urge to play this event took hold. He duly did what he has been doing consistently for over a year now, and won the event. This increases his live career cashes to over $20 million, with that cash having been won in just three and a half years.

Read more: Unstoppable “Retiree” Fedor Holz wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

Article by Craig B.

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