The Main Event of Estrellas Poker Tour has done it. It broke the record and became the biggest ever live tournament organized by PokerStars. A total of 2,560 players paid the €1,100 buy in, creating a prize pool just shy of €2.5 million. Matias Ruzzi was able to outlast the other 2,559 players and claim the top spot worth €198,550.
Final Table of Eight
When the final table started yesterday, there were eight hopefuls looking to seize that beautiful trophy and the huge first place prize money. But there could only be one winner and that honor went to Ruzzi. Although this was the first Estrellas tournament for Matias, he is not new to poker as he finished 16th in the EPT Grand Final earlier this year.
The title went to Ruzzi, but he did not benefit the most from this tournament in terms of money. Players made a four-way chop that saw Vladislav Donchev from Russia take home the lion’s share of the prize pool in the form of €278,500. Nir Levy, who started the day as the chip leader, finished in third place but received €188,511 as a result of the deal. The fourth player that participated in the chopping festivities was Frenchman Hakim Guiton, who walked away €178,500 richer.
The only female player, Corrine Baucher, also from France, exited just before the deal was made. With her departure, dreams of the first lady winner of the Estrellas Main Event were gone. Andrew Chan, with three EPT final tables to his name, could not close the deal once again and finished in 6th place, earning €73,826.
Seventh and eighth places went to Spaniard Daniel Barriocanal (€56,639) and Hungarian Bela Toth (€40,849), respectively. All the players at the final table received a big return on their €1K investment due to a really huge field that gathered in Barcelona.
The big turnout was expected, so this does not come as a surprise. But it is still a proud moment to break records pertaining to the number of entrants and it is always good for poker. A big number of players means bigger prize pools and it creates a more positive environment for participating players.
The EPT Barcelona Main Event is also very likely to be a record breaker. Confirmation of the final number of players has not yet been released, but judging by the great interest for this event, another record seems likely.