The 2018 PokerStars EPT Barcelona Kicks Off August 21

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PokerStars European Poker Tour will return to the sunny beaches of Barcelona to celebrate the return of EPT Barcelona! The 2018 EPT Barcelona runs from August 21 to September 2 and will be held at Casino Barcelona. Besides the €5,300 EPT Main Event, highlights include the €1,100 EPT National, €2,200 EPT National High Roller, two €10,000 High Roller events, a €25,000 and €50,000 Single-Day High Roller, as well as a €100,000 Super High Roller to top it all off.

Barcelona is a fixture on the European Poker Tour and the only stop that has been there since the tour’s inaugural season back in 2004. The Catalonian city boasts splendid architecture, sunny beaches and a sizzling nightlife for players to enjoy themselves off the felt, making it arguably the most popular stop on the European circuit. The 2018 schedule sports the following highlights:

2018 EPT Barcelona Schedule Highlights

Dates Event
Aug. 22-24 €10,300 High Roller
Aug. 22-26 €1,100 EPT National
Aug. 25-27 €100,000 EPT Super High Roller
Aug. 26-27 €2,200 EPT National High Roller
Aug. 27-Sep. 2 €5,300 EPT Main Event
Aug. 28 €50,000 Single-Day High Roller
Aug. 29-30 €10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha
Aug. 30 €25,000 Single-Day High Roller
Aug. 31-Sep. 2 €10,300 EPT High Roller

Thirteen days of poker action

The 2018 EPT Barcelona features no fewer than 34 exciting tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from €120 all the way up to €100,000. The first big tournament of the series begins on Wednesday, August 22 with the first of two €10,300 High Rollers, as well as the extremely popular €1,100 EPT National that attracted over 4,500 players last year. Argentina’s Pedro Cairat stood tall in the gigantic event, parlaying his €1,100 investment into a payday of €432,178.

The 5,300 EPT Main Event begins on Monday, August 27 and will last the traditional seven days before a champion is decided. Sebastian Malec from Poland is the defending champion after defeating a 1,785-strong field for €1,122,800 in 2016. Last year, under the PokerStars Championship banner, online qualifier Sebastian Sorensson proved poker miracles still exist by turning a $200 satellite win on PokerStars into a championship title and €987,043. According to The Hendon Mob, the win is Sorensson’s first — and only — cash to date.

PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event Champions

# Month Year Players Buy-in Winner Country Prize
1 September 2004 229 €1,000 Alexander Stevic Sweden €80,000
2 September 2005 327 €4,000 Jan Boubli France €416,000
3 September 2006 480 €5,000 Bjørn-Erik Glenne Norway €691,000
4 August 2007 543 €8,000 Sander Lyloff Denmark €1,170,700
5 September 2008 619 €8,000 Sebastian Ruthenberg Germany €1,361,000
6 September 2009 478 €8,000 Carter Phillips United States €850,000
7 November 2010 757 €5,000 Kent Lundmark Sweden €825,000
8 August 2011 811 €5,000 Martin Schleich Germany €850,000
9 August 2012 1,082 €5,000 Mikalai Pobal Belarus €1,007,550
10 September 2013 1,234 €5,000 Tom Middleton United Kingdom €942,000
11 August 2014 1,496 €5,000 Andre Lettau Germany €794,058
12 August 2015 1,694 €5,000 John Juanda Indonesia €1,022,593
13 August 2016 1,785 €5,300 Sebastian Malec Poland €1,122,800
PSC August 2017 1,682 €5,300 Sebastian Sorensson Sweden €987,043

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Plenty of High Roller action

EPT Barcelona is known for intense high roller action and the ante gets upped even more this year as the €50,000 Super High Roller has been replaced with the €100,000 Super High Roller. The 100K kicks off on Saturday, August 25 for three days of high-stakes action. Last year, PokerStars Team Pro Igor Kurganov reigned supreme in the biggest buy-in the series has to offer for €1,135,000. Two years ago, German wunderkind Fedor Holz conquered the 50K at EPT13 Barcelona in 2016, which netted him €1,300,300.

Besides the 100K, high roller aficionados can also try their hand in the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller and €25,000 Single-Day High Roller. The 50K will be played out on Tuesday, August 28, while the 25K will see its winner crowned on Thursday, August 30.

Rounding out the schedule is the €10,300 EPT High Roller, one of the most popular 10K events on European soil. Connor Drinan reigned supreme in 2016 and won €849,200. At the 2017 PokerStars Championship, it was Switzerland’s Ronny Kaiser that walked away with the trophy, as well as the first-place prize of €735,000 (after a three-way deal with Markus Durnegger and Benjamin Pollak).

2018 EPT Barcelona Schedule (all times in CET / GMT+1)

Date Time Event Number Event Buy-in Starting Stack
Tue 21 Aug 6 p.m. #1 NL Hold’em – Turbo – €10,300 Qualifier To Event #5 – Unlimited Re-Entry €1,100 15,000
7 p.m. #2 NL Hold’em – Turbo – €1,100 EPT National Cash Qualifier – Unlimited Re-Entry €120 15,000
8 p.m. #3 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – Single Re-Entry €2,150 15,000
Wed 22 Aug 12 p.m. #4 (1A) NL Hold’em – EPT National – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Flight 1A €1,100 30,000
12 p.m. #5 (day 1) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €10,300 50,000
7 p.m. #4 (1B) NL Hold’em – EPT National – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – 20 Min. Levels – Flight 1B €1,100 30,000
Thu 23 Aug 12 p.m. #4 (1C) NL Hold’em – EPT National – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Flight 1C €1,100 30,000
12 p.m. #5 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Day 2 €10,300
7 p.m. #4 (1D) NL Hold’em – EPT National – 20 Min. Levels – Flight 1D €1,100 30,000
Fri 24 Aug 12 p.m. #4 (day 2) NL Hold’em – EPT National – 60 Min. Levels – Day 2 €1,100
12 p.m. #5 (day 3) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €10,300
12 p.m. #6 (day 1) NL Hold’em – Seniors Event – 50 Years Or Older To Play Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 1 €1,100 20,000
6 p.m. #7 (1A) NL Hold’em – EPT Cup – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – Play Down To 5% – Flight A €550 15,000
8 p.m. #8 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – EPT Super High Roller Qualifier #9- Unlimited Re-Entry €10,200 15,000
Sat 25 Aug 12 p.m. #4 (day 3) NL Hold’em – EPT National – 60 Min. Levels – Day 3 €1,100
12 p.m. #6 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Seniors Event – 50 Years Or Older To Play Single Re-Entry Per Player – Final Day €1,100
12 p.m. #7 (1B) NL Hold’em – EPT Cup – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – Play Down To 5% – Flight B €550 15,000
12 p.m. #9 (day 1) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – Day 1 €100,000 250,000
6 p.m. #7 (1C) NL Hold’em – EPT Cup – Play Down To 5% – Flight C €550 15,000
10 p.m. #10 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – Freezeout €1,100 15,000
Sun 26 Aug 12 p.m. #4 (day 4) NL Hold’em – EPT National – 60 Min. Levels – Final Day €1,100
12 p.m. #7 (day 2) NL Hold’em – EPT Cup – Final Day €550
12 p.m. #9 (day 2) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – Day 2 €100,000
12 p.m. #11 (1A) NL Hold’em – EPT National High Roller – Re-Entry In To Following Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Flight A €2,200 30,000
7 p.m. #11 (1B) NL Hold’em – EPT National High Roller – 20 Min. Levels – Flight B €2,200 30,000
10 p.m. #12 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – EPT Main Event Qualifier – Unlimited Re-Entry €550 15,000
Mon 27 Aug 12 p.m. #9 (day 3) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Super High Roller – Unlimited Re-Entry – Final Day €100,000
12 p.m. #11 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Re-Entry In To Following Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Final Day €2,200
12 p.m. #13 (1A) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 1A €5,300 30,000
3 p.m. #14 NL Hold’em – Turbo – EPT Main Event Qualifier – Unlimited Re-Entry €550 15,000
8 p.m. #15 NL Hold’em – Turbo – EPT Main Event Qualifier – Unlimited Re-Entry €550 15,000
10 p.m. #16 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – €50,000 Qualifier To Event #17 – Unlimited Re-Entry €5,200 15,000
Tue 28 Aug 12 p.m. #13 (1B) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 1B €5,300 30,000
12 p.m. #17 NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Single Day Event €50,000 100,000
8 p.m. #18 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – Single Re-Entry €2,150 15,000
Wed 29 Aug 12 p.m. #13 (day 2) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 2 €5,300
12 p.m. #19 (1A) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry Per Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Flight 1A €2,200 20,000
12 p.m. #20 (day 1) PL Omaha – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €10,300 50,000
7 p.m. #19 (1B) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry Per Flight – 20 Min. Levels – Flight 1B €2,200 20,000
10 p.m. #21 NL Hold’em – Turbo – €25,000 Qualifier To Event #22 – Unlimited Re-Entry €2,700 15,000
Thu 30 Aug 12 p.m. #13 (day 3) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 3 €5,300
12 p.m. #19 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry Per Flight – 40 Min. Levels – Final Day €2,200
12 p.m. #20 (day 2) PL Omaha – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €10,300
12 p.m. #22 NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Single Day Event €25,000 100,000
12 p.m. #23 (day 1) NL Hold’em – Freezeout – Day 1 €1,100 20,000
4 p.m. #24 NL Hold’em – Turbo – EPT High Roller Qualifier #27 – Unlimited Re-Entry €1,100 15,000
8 p.m. #25 NL Hold’em – PSPC Package Qualifier – Unlimited Re-Entry – One Platinum Pass Added €2,150 15,000
Fri 31 Aug 12 p.m. #13 (day 4) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 4 €5,300
12 p.m. #23 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Freezeout – Final Day €1,100
12 p.m. #26 (day 1) PL Omaha – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €1,100 20,000
12 p.m. #27 (day 1) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona High Roller – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €10,300 50,000
6 p.m. #28 (1A) NL Hold’em – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – Play Down To 5% – Flight A €550 15,000
10 p.m. #29 NL Hold’em – Hyper Turbo – Freezeout €2,150 15,000
Sat 1 Sep 12 p.m. #13 (day 5) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry Per Player – Day 5 €5,300
12 p.m. #26 (day 2) PL Omaha – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €1,100
12 p.m. #27 (day 2) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona High Roller – Single Re-Entry – Day 2 €10,300
12 p.m. #28 (1B) NL Hold’em – Re-Entry To A Following Flight – Play Down To 5% – Flight B €550 15,000
4 p.m. #30 (day 1) NL Hold’em – Deep Stack – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €2,200 30,000
6 p.m. #28 (1C) NL Hold’em – Play Down To 5% – Flight C €550 15,000
7 p.m. #31 (day 1) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Day 1 €25,000 50,000
Sun 2 Sep 12 p.m. #13 (day 6) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona Main Event – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €5,300
12 p.m. #27 (day 3) NL Hold’em – EPT Barcelona High Roller – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €10,300
12 p.m. #30 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Deep Stack – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €2,200
12 p.m. #31 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Single Re-Entry – Final Day €25,000
12 p.m. #32 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Single Re-Entry €550 30,000
1 p.m. #28 (day 2) NL Hold’em – Final Day €550
2 p.m. #33 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Single Re-Entry €1,625 30,000
4 p.m. #34 NL Hold’em – Turbo – Single Re-Entry €5,200 50,000

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