EPT10 Barcelona: The wait is over... bring on the Main!
It has been less than three months since Season 9 of the European Poker Tour came to close -- a relatively short span according to most measures, although in rapid-moving poker-time the wait has been all but endurable. Finally those many weeks of anticipation for the EPT to resume ends today with the start of the EPT10 Barcelona Main Event.
That said, the drama-filled conclusion to EPT9 is still a relatively fresh memory, highlighted as it was by Steve O'Dwyer's Grand Final victory in Monte Carlo and €1,224,000 first prize. O'Dwyer shared some of that memory with Stephen Bartley yesterday while also discussing the experience since of having gained some added notice in the poker world.
Like most, though, O'Dwyer is now focused on EPT10 and the new events on offer here at the Casino Barcelona, including the €50,000 Super High Roller where he's one of eight players returning today to battle over the seven remaining spots in the money and the €771,300 first prize.
Meanwhile, players are assembling for the first of two Day 1 flights today in the €5,300 EPT10 Barcelona Main Event, predicted by most to be a huge one. Last year Mikalai Pobal topped a big Main Event field of 1,082 at EPT Barcelona, good for a €1,007,550 payday, the EPT trophy, and a shower of confetti.
Today's Day 1A players in the Main Event will play eight 75-minute levels. The poker room's capacity can handle up to 584 players, after which alternates will be used. New for Season 10, players will be able to enter up until the start of Day 2, with all tables nine-handed from the start.
Here are Sarah Grant and Rick Dacey catching us up on where things stand with the Super High Roller and a preview of today's Main Event action:
The wait is over! Stick around the PokerStars blog all day for all of the action as the Super High Roller concludes and the Main Event gets underway.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.