Using a stop at Barcelona pulling in record amounts to 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 listing 4,682 entries to make a prize pool of $4.5 million.
On the other end of the program poker player Simon Brandstrom outlasted 1,988 admissions in the $5,300 Main Event to take down a first-place decoration of 1,290,166. The Main Event was the largest in the foundation of the EPT Barcelona, which is impressive considering it’s been held for the last 16 decades.
Barcelona FC stars Arturo Vidal and Gerard Piqu?? both managed to cash in the 25,000 Single-Day High Roller while.
This was all in addition to the surprise announcement of this PokerStars NL Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC), which will take place as part of EPT Barcelona at 2020.
Swedish poker pro Simon Brandstrom is now the largest Main Event winner in EPT Barcelona’s background.
Brandstrom outlasted nearly 2,000 admissions to take down an astonishing $1.29 million. It would have been even more had he not made a heads-up deal with Hungarian poker pro Marton Czuczor, who bought $1.25 million for his efforts.
The table included English specialist Kully Sidhu and renowned poker ace Johan Storakers. Since it took 1 hour to go into 2 from six players the last table was one of the fastest in the history of the EPT.
Heads-up play on for two hours before 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 athletes playing with poker but also the success stories are few and far between.
Gerard Piqu?? are among the exceptions.
The footballer finished second in the elite $25,000 buy No-Limit Hold’em High Roller championship at EPT Barcelona.
The $25k tournament attracted on some of the very greatest poker players on the planet but Piqu?? found a means except for winner Juan Dominguez.
He appears to be advancing although it was the money in the poker profession of Piqu??. At the same tournament he finished fifth Back in 2017. In general, he’s $668,155 in live tournament earnings.
What is most impressive about Piqu??’s success in the poker table is that he’s doing it while still playing football at a level. Until their athletic careers are completed, athletes don’t get into poker. Not so for Piqu??, who is managed to fit EPT Barcelona to his hectic schedule because 2011.
Lately, Piqu?? wasn’t even the only Barcelona FC player to cash in the 25k High Roller as teammate Arturo Vidal completed fifth to take home $134,460.
Here’s a complete look in the final-table payouts for EPT Barcelona’s $25k High Roller:
After a record-setting EPT Barcelona, organizers are already thinking about the huge potential 2020 edition of the festival.
PokerStars announced the second-ever $25k PSPC that was buy-in will take place sandwiched in the center of EPT Barcelona at Casino Barcelona’s 2020 version.
PokerStars qualifies millions of amateur poker players for your PSPC, making it among the most value-packed championships in pokergame. Amateur poker player Ramon Colillas took great advantage of this PSPC this winter and won 5.1 million.
In the EPT Barcelona of this year, PokerStars announced it had qualified five players for your 2020 PSPC as a portion of the Chase Your Fantasy marketing of the company.
So that means the 2020 variant of the stop could reach historic levels with records once more place to be broken at the long-running poker festival EPT Barcelona is currently one of the very densely leagues in the EPT schedule.