EPT12 Barcelona: How big? Try 500 percent for size

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We all know that this festival in Barcelona has been big, but we all knew that it was big last time as well, so what's the big deal, huh? Well, Rodrigo Gómez, one of our media co-ordinators, put all the key figures from some of the landmark events this week in a spreadsheet and calculated the percentage increases, year-on-year-on-year.

The full details are in the table below, but what this shows is more than just context-free numbers. It shows the growth of these events through the past three years.

In the case of the Main Event, the numbers in the €5,300 flagship tournament have moved steadily upward. The Main Event of Season 11 was 21 percent bigger than it was in Season 10, and this year's tournament represented an increase of 13 percent on last year. Over two seasons, that's a 37 percent increase, which is bonkers.

But that's just the start of it. When the Barcelona Cup started on Season 10, the €330 buy in event attracted 469 runners. But over the past couple of years, the poker players of Barcelona have gone side-event crazy and this year that same tournament got 3,011. That's a 542 percent increase in two years. Is this real life?

While all events have increased precipitously, it's notable that the two biggest increases have been at the cheapest and the most expensive end. The €50,000 Super High Roller has also grown by 113 percent over three years. Is poker polarising?

Here's the raw data:

Estrellas Main Event €1,100     
yearFieldPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT101798€ 1,744,060€ 169,136  
EPT112569€ 2,483,200€ 198,55043 
EPT123292€ 3,292,000€ 491,0002883
 
Super High Roller EPT €50,000     
yearEntriesPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT1051€ 2,448,765€ 771,300  
EPT1177€ 3,697,155€ 960,43451 
EPT1299€ 4,801,500€ 1,224,0002994
 
EPT Main Event €5,300     
yearFieldPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT101234€ 5,984,900€ 924,000  
EPT111496€ 7,255,600€ 1,261,00021 
EPT121694€ 8,470,000€ 1,420,5001337
 
Barcelona Cup €330     
yearFieldPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10469€ 136,479€ 30,780  
EPT112095€ 628,500€ 101,000347 
EPT123011€ 903,300€ 135,60044542
 
Women's event €220     
yearFieldPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT1086€ 25,026€ 6,880  
EPT11102€ 19,788€ 5,25019 
EPT12148€ 28,712€ 6,8904572
 
Estrellas High Roller €2,000     
yearFieldPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10521€ 934,935€ 179,400  
EPT11802€ 1,558,800€ 293,00054 
EPT121055€ 2,046,700€ 372,50032102
 
High Roller EPT €10,000     
yearEntriesPrize pool1st PrizeOne-year % increase  
EPT10180€ 1,764,000€ 390,700  
EPT11491€ 381,400€ 747,200173

You can follow all the action from the various tournament floors on PokerStars Blog. The Main Event action will be on the Main Event page. And everything from the side events is on the side events page. It will be busy over there today. There's also EPT Live for your video-based needs.

You can also begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS.

Howard Swains
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