EPT12 Barcelona: Last chance for the high rollers

The EPT has come a long way since the first stop here in Barcelona in September 2004. If any proof was needed of that then the lowest of the high rollers at this stop carries a buy-in 10 times the size of the event Alexander Stevic won all those years ago.

After the €50,000 Super High Roller and €25,000 (not so) One Day High Roller, the €10,000 High Roller, which starts today, offers the last chance saloon for some of the high stakes players to make their mark here in Barcelona and get Season 12 off to a profitable start.

Whilst we don't pretend to have a crystal ball, the fact that the other high roller events here in Barcelona have been so well attended it'd be no surprise to see this event breach 400 or even 500 players given that last year there were 393 total entries (295 unique players and 98 re-buys).

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Ihar Soika triumphed in Season 11

If the queue to get in to the tournament is any indication, clue - it's long, then we're looking at another record breaker (sorry!). Among the numerous players already registered are: Charlie Carrel, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Steve O'Dwyer, Ankush Mandavia, Stephen Chidwick and Joao Vieira. Whilst a number of players have got their way in on the cheap as there were two live satellites in Barcelona yesterday. Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo was one of those, as were Ruben Visser, Bryn Kenney and Andrew Chen. So they've at least got a discount on their first bullet as this event has one optional re-entry and late registration is open until the start of play tomorrow.

As for today, the plan for is to play ten 60 minute levels, throw in a dinner break and play should wrap up around 00.45 CET. Cards are in the air and below is a look at how this event has grown over the past five years:

SeasonEntiesPrize poolWinnerPrize
Season 11393€ 3,851,400Ihar Soika€ 747,200
Season 10180€ 1,764,000Thomas Muehloecker€ 522,633
Season 9111€ 1,087,800Laurent Polito€ 270,229
Season 867€ 670,000Philipp Gruissem€ 234,500
Season 736€ 380,000Fernando Brito€ 127,500

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. There's also EPT Live for your video-based needs.

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour