With a stop at Barcelona pulling in record numbers for the poker tour the European Poker Tour continues to chug along in 2019.
The nearly two-week poker festival began with the $1,100 National Championship drawing on a record 4,682 entries to create a prize pool of $4.5 million.
Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the program, Swedish poker player Simon Brandstrom outlasted 1,988 admissions in the $5,300 Main Event to take down a trophy of 1,290,166. The Main Event has been the largest in the history of the EPT Barcelona, that is impressive considering it’s been held for the last 16 decades.
Barcelona FC celebrities Gerard Piqu?? along with Arturo Vidal also both managed to money in the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller while playing on home turf.
This was all in addition to the surprise announcement of the PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC), that will occur as part of EPT Barcelona in 2020.
Swedish poker ace Simon Brandstrom is now the Main Event winner at the background of EPT Barcelona.
Brandstrom outlasted nearly 2,000 entries to take down an impressive $1.29 million. It’d have been even more had he not made a heads-up deal with immigrant poker ace Marton Czuczor, that salvaged $1.25 million for his efforts.
The table also contained Swedish poker pro Johan Storakers and English ace Kully Sidhu. The final table was also one of the fastest in the background of the EPT since it required just one hour to move from six players.
Heads-up play went on for two hours until Brandstrom managed to land the knockout punch.
Here’s a look at the Whole final-table payouts for EPT Barcelona (*represents two-way deal):
There is a long history of pro athletes playing with poker but the success stories are few and far between.
Gerard Piqu?? would be one of the exceptions.
Last week, the footballer finished second in the elite $ Hold’em Top Roller championship at EPT Barcelona.
The $25k tournament drew on a number of the very best poker players in the world but Piqu?? discovered a means around each one of them except for winner Juan Dominguez.
It had been the cash in Piqu??’s poker profession but he seems to be advancing. He finished fifth. In total, he has $668,155 in tournament earnings.
What’s most impressive about the success at the poker table of Piqu?? is he’s doing it while playing soccer at a world-class level. Before their sporting careers are ended athletes don’t get into poker. Not for Piqu??, who’s managed to fit EPT Barcelona.
Lately, Piqu?? wasn’t even the Barcelona FC player to cash in the 25k High Roller as teammate Arturo Vidal completed fifth to get home $134,460.
Here’s a look in the payouts for EPT Barcelona’s $25k High Roller:
Following a record-setting EPT Barcelona, organizers are already thinking about the potential 2020 variant of the festival.
PokerStars announced that the second-ever $25k buy PSPC will take place sandwiched in the center of EPT Barcelona in Casino Barcelona’s 2020 edition.
Countless poker players are qualified by pokerStars for the PSPC, making it among the most value-packed tournaments in poker. Ranked poker player Ramon Colillas took good advantage of this inaugural PSPC this winter and won 5.1 million.
In that year’s EPT Barcelona, PokerStars announced it had qualified five players for your 2020 PSPC as a portion of the Chase Your Fantasy marketing of their company.
EPT Barcelona is currently among the very densely leagues around the EPT schedule so the 2020 variant of the stop could possibly reach historic levels with records once more place to be broken at the poker festival.
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