WOW! PokerStars EPT Barcelona Breaks Main Event Biggest Field Record

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After the entry of a field of 749 players in the PokerStars and Main Event of the European Poker Tour Casino Barcelona© on Day 1a, and with exceptional fields expected in the event’s satellite tournaments, it was still a question of when and not if the record for the biggest EPT Main Event would be broken.

And that’s not to mention the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event which ended earlier this week, won by Rick van Bruggenwhich with 6,313 entries broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament in EPT history.

Today’s Day 1b saw 1,267 registrations, which not only means the record has been broken, but the 2,000 mark has already been broken with one late registration and only one re-registration open until the start of Day 2.

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Top 10 Most Important EPT Main Events

Rank Year Event Field Jackpot
1 2022 EPT Barcelona Main Event 2016* €9,700,000*
2 2019 EPT Barcelona Main Event 1,988 €9,641,800
3 2018 EPT Barcelona Main Event 1,931 €9,365,350
4 2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event 1,785 €8,657,250
5 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event 1,694 €8,215,900
6 2011 Main Event PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 1,560 $15,132,000
seven 2010 Main Event PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 1,529 $14,831,300
8 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event 1,496 €7,255,600
9 2009 Main Event PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 1,347 $12,674,000
ten 2010 EPT San Remo Main Event 1,240 €6,014,000

* Late registration and one-time re-registration open until the start of Day 2
**Note: The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona attracted 1,682 players and generated a prize pool of €8,157,700.

Testimonial of the PokerStars live poker offer

Peter Toby

Together this shows that live poker is indeed alive and well once again on the European Tour and that the European Poker Tour continues to attract huge live pitches to its events.

“The team behind the scenes has gone to great lengths to ensure these events run smoothly and players get the best experience possible”

Peter TobyEPT Tournament Director, said it was great to see his team’s hard work rewarded with such attendance.

“The record here at Barcelona shows how much the poker stars the live poker offer continues to be, even after the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. PokerNews. “The team behind the scenes has gone to great lengths to ensure these events run smoothly and players get the best experience possible.

“I’m thrilled to have broken the record at one of our most popular stops on the tour! »

EPT Barcelona Tournament Hall

Rick van Bruggen wins record-breaking Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event


The PokerStars Blog Howard Swain echoed Stone’s sentiment, saying it still looked likely Barcelona would break the record after the events of the previous two years.

“Barcelona has always been one of the most popular EPT destinations, and post-COVID I guess it’s always been set to break records, and it seems certain it will be just that.

“How much is really the question, and we’re all very excited to know exactly how many people that is!”

History of the European Poker Tour

EPT Monte Carlo Main even day 4

It’s been coming for 18 years since Alexandre Stevic won the first EPT Main Event in Barcelona. A field of 229 players generated a prize pool of €229,000, with Stevic taking home the top prize of €80,000.

Since then, many notable players have added their names to the EPT champion roster. Two-Time Champions Victoria Coren Mitchell and Mikalai Pobal stand out in a list that includes Steve O’Dwyer, Manig Loser, John Juanda, Adrian Mateos, Jason Mercier and Hossein-Ensan.

Fast forward to 2022 and the EPT continues to go from strength to strength, with the announcement of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and PSPC in 2023 and returning to London for the first time in eight years in October.

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Will Shillibier is based in the UK. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a BA in German, then studied for an NCTJ degree in sports journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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