EPT Hits half a billion in payouts

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A couple of weeks ago, European Poker Tour representatives told the media that they plan on implementing a series of changes to improve this popular tournament. They respond to demands formulated by former and prospective poker players, so it is only fair to assume that they will change the EPT for the better. President Edgar Stuchly came up with another juicy little nugget about the European poker tour, revealing the fact that over nine years, it has paid out a massive amount of €499,908,225.

With the opening tournament of season 10 being EPT Barcelona, it is obvious that the first winners will secure not only a hefty payout but also a place in history. The European Poker Tour is on the verge of crossing the psychological threshold of half a billion euros in tournament prizes. It came a long way since 2004 when the first prize was awarded to Alex Stevic from Sweden, who collected €80,000 for outshining 229 players in Barcelona.

A total of 16 countries participate in the circuit with poker professionals and amateurs from more than 100 countries flocking to Europe for this event. The EPT stands out from the crowd by brilliantly combining exquisite locations with truly original tournaments and has a history of innovation. Officials go to great lengths to meet and exceed the players’ expectations, by providing superior accommodation, table reservations and additional perks aimed at helping them enjoy their stay.

All pertinent suggestions formulated by poker players were taken into consideration and some of them led to new rules that will be implemented starting with season 10. Highrollers will no longer have to worry about playing long hours to finish the tournament in no more than two days, while late registration has been extended for both side events and the EPT Main Event. Savvy poker players would be thrilled to discover that the bubble stage was tweaked to be as fair as it gets and offer all players an equal chance.

Poker tables will be rocked by intense action, but there is more than meets the eye about EPT Barcelona and players will get the chance to enjoy the best things that this cosmopolitan city has to offer. The string of tournaments begins on August 13 and will finish nine days later with the €5,300 Main Event. There is no better place to be this early September, but those who can’t travel to Barcelona will still enjoy real-time action by watching live coverage broadcasted to 50 countries.