EPT10 Barcelona: Bigger and better; record field means huge prize pool
The official totals are in, and as far as the final turnout for the EPT10 Barcelona Main Event is concerned, the number is an easy one to remember.
Just pretend you're counting out the beat before that first rocking chord is struck...
A total of 1,234 players are competing in this year's Main Event, smashing last year's record for EPT Barcelona and coming oh-so-close to topping the biggest ever non-PCA EPT Main Event field of 1,240 who played EPT6 Sanremo.
The turnout marks the fourth year running -- ever since the Main Event buy-in was readjusted to €5,300 -- that EPT Barcelona's fields have increased.
Season 7 saw 758 players take part, making for a €3,790,000 prize pool. Kent Lundmark of Sweden triumphed to claim the €825,000 first prize that year.
The following year saw 811 players participate in EPT8 Barcelona. The prize pool totaled €4,055,000, with Germany's Martin Schleich breaking through to take the top spot and a €850,000 payday.
Then last year 1,082 came out, together building a €5,247,700 prize pool distributed to the top 160 finishers. Mikalai Pobal claimed the second ever EPT title for Belarus with his win (following Vadzim Kursevich's EPT8 Deauville triumph), taking away the first seven-figure prize in EPT Barcelona Main Event history with a cash of €1,007,550.
Meanwhile, whoever poses for the EPT10 Barcelona Main Event winner's picture at the end of this week will be smiling extra big with the knowledge he or she has earned a handsome €1,067,000 first prize (!) -- yet another record broken by this year's Barcelona bash.
The total prize pool adds up to €5,984,900. The top 183 finishers will divide those riches, with €8,680 representing a minimum-cash. Here's how the payouts look for the final table:
Okay, enough counting. Time to rock!
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.