Travel Diary: Barcelona

Having traveled to an eclectic collection of places for my job, many people ask me what my favorite city is. My answer: Barcelona. So when I was given the opportunity to return for the kickoff stop for Season 9 of the European Poker Tour, I couldn't have been more excited. There's something about Ba...more

by Kristy Arnett on September 10, 2012 8:16 AM

What do you love about Barcelona?

While in Barcelona for the European Poker Tour, we caught up with some of the players who were playing the High Roller event and asked them what they love about Barcelona. "I would say a lot of shisha places. So whenever you get busted from a tournament you can just go to the Olympic Port and have s...more

by Elaine Chaivarlis on August 28, 2012 6:49 AM

EPT9 Barcelona: Mikalai Pobal beats Finns to first million of Season 9

At times it has felt like the first main event of the new season has been headlined by Finnish players from the start. On day one Aku Joentausta held the lead. Then heads were turned by the return of Ilari Sahamies to live tournament poker. Then a third contender emerged in the form of 20-year-old J...more

by Stephen Bartley on August 25, 2012 4:42 PM

EPT9 Barcelona: Drunken Finns? We've got drunken Finns!

Call us seers, clairvoyants, psychics. Or oracles, prophets or soothsayers. But a couple of hours ago we intimated at PokerStars Blog that the EPT Barcelona main event may be headed to a heads up duel between two drunken Finns. You know what? We might be right.When Ilari Sahamies, Joni Jouhkimainen ...more

by Howard Swains on August 25, 2012 2:44 PM

EPT9 Barcelona: Laurent Polito upsets the form-book to reign in Spain

Surprise winners are part and parcel of major poker tournaments, but they tend to be rarer in High Roller events. If a seasoned commentator had looked at the line-up for the final 12 of the €10,000 High Roller event in Barcelona today - a field including Andrew Lichtenberger, Jonathan Duhamel, ElkY,...more

by Howard Swains on August 25, 2012 11:52 AM

EPT Barcelona: Steve O'Dwyer gambling it up with Bryn Kenney in the €5,000 t

'It's everyone's favourite tournament. You get deep stacked play but it's done in a day and you always get two or three of your friends on your table. There's lots of hands, lots of gamble and everyone's trying to get unstuck,' said Steve O'Dwyer, looking like a big kid in a candy shop.O'Dwyer playe...more

by Rick Dacey on August 25, 2012 11:13 AM

EPT9 Barcelona: It is enough!

EPT final tables don't usually last 13 hours. When they do there's usually something memorable to talk about, even if it's just a rush hour taxi ride to catch a plane home on 45 minutes sleep, while typing an end of day report and brushing your teeth.When the final table began in Barcelona 12 months...more

by Stephen Bartley on August 25, 2012 11:10 AM

EPT9 Barcelona: Two drunken Finns

With two final tables to play to a close tonight, there were all kinds of permutations for intriguing mini-battles to develop. We were looking forward to seeing John Juanda clash with Ilari Sahamies in a live versus online skirmish to please the purists from both environments, for example. Meanwhile...more

by Howard Swains on August 25, 2012 10:22 AM

EPT Barcelona: The vision behind the EPT champions Slyde by HD3 watch

You'll almost certainly have seen or heard about the new Slyde by HD3 watch that will be gifted to each EPT main event champion: images of the flash timepiece, which is worth €5,480, have been splashed across the digital displays in the EPT tournament room room and across this blog for the best part...more

by Rick Dacey on August 25, 2012 7:48 AM

EPT9 Barcelona: Spain expects but can Rodriguez deliver?

He was Spain's best hope, its only hope, for a first Spanish winner on the European Poker Tour. That it might come on home soil only added to the spirit of Fiesta. Samuel Rodriguez was second in chips at the start today and a nation held its breath.Things had started brilliantly. Rodriguez, dressed ...more

by Stephen Bartley on August 25, 2012 7:29 AM
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