After Season 10 of the EPT had finished, we talked a bit about the 100th EPT event that was scheduled to take place in Barcelona. But then other things took the front seat and the European Poker Tour was somewhat forgotten. However, starting today, it will once again claim center stage.
Earlier today, Barcelona kicked off with the Super High Roller Event. It has become traditional for EPT events to start with Super High Rollers that naturally attract big name players. The buy-in of €50,000 with unlimited reentries guarantees a nice first place prize, but extremely deep pockets are a requirement of participants.
Ryan Fee takes early chip lead
The likes of Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu are already there, together with Vanessa Selbst and a proud member of the November Nine, Martin Jacobson. In fact, Day 1 has just concluded and Ryan Fee grabbed the chip lead with 919,000. It’s too early to speak of eliminations, since buy-ins and reentries are available until the start of Day 2 tomorrow.
A great turnout is expected in Barcelona. The first reason for that is the fact that it’s the anniversary event. But this belief is only reinforced by the number of players participating in the preceding Estrellas Main Event. With Day 1C still underway, it has already eclipsed the 2,600-player mark. That means that the €1,100 buy-in event will have approximately the same prize pool as the €50K High Roller.
Plenty to do in Barcelona
Of course, Barcelona is a big European city with a lot of things to offer. Those players eliminated from tournaments or waiting for the start of another will not be at a loss for entertainment. There are beaches, boats, and a great selection of food and drinks, so busting out of an event may hurt a bit less in Spain.
It being the anniversary and all, PokerStars is offering a lot of free stuff to participating players. That ensures great fun and enjoyment for all for the entire duration of the event. There are numerous tournaments and satellites scattered throughout the schedule, so there won’t be a shortage of activity on the poker front either. The Main Event starts on Thursday, August 21st and the final table will take place on Wednesday, August 27th.
We at PokerUpdate will keep you posted on all important developments and all the big winners that emerge from this festival of poker!