EPT Barcelona: Tightening the restrictions

If you're watching the action over at EPT Live (and if you're not, then you should be), you're probably seeing more of the tournament than we are. The EPT has become something of a victim of its own success, at least from a reporter's point of view, as hundreds more people now come to watch the action, making access to the tables increasingly difficult.

By far and away the most important people at any poker tournament are the players themselves, who have stumped up the €8,000 to play. And as the big money edges into view, the last thing they need are the distractions of raibirds bickering among themselves as to who gets to stand in front. For this reason, the three outside tables are tightly cordoned off from the chaos of the Gran Casino, where a €2,000 tournament is also just begining. It gets a big thumbs up from the players, but it becomes pretty tough for us to bring you a real taste of the action.

So, from here until the end of the day, we're simply going to try to bring you the basics: the big hands, the eliminations and where the money is going. This is a distinctly imprecise science, as players still manage to drift away without any fanfare and often without letting us know their name. Keep an eye on the eliminations page for all the prize-winners and what they're playing for. Keep another eye on the EPT Live webcast, and keep a third eye right here where we'll translate what we can from the tournament floor.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour