EPT Barcelona: In the crowd

There's a familiar melee in the lobby of the Gran Casino Barcelona, as the square pegs of 300-odd poker players attempt to funnel into the round hole that is the downtairs poker room. They first have to register as a member of the casino, then have their barcodes checked at a swanky new passport control area, before starting the whole queuing process again to hand over the money. They love it, as you can imagine.


Anyway, as that riot occurs outside, we've had a chance to scan the list of the early registrations and to pick out the notable players. There are two day ones -- today and tomorrow -- and first out of the blocks are the following:

Team PokerStars Pros
Alexandre Gomes
Andre Akkari
Katja Thater
Noah Boeken
Alex Kravchenko
William Thorsson
Vicky Coren
Greg Raymer

PokerStars Sponsored players
George Danzer
Johannes Steindl
Johannes Strassman
Pieter De Korver

PokerStars qualifiers
Christian Grundtvig
Denes Kalo
Halldor Sverrisson
Andreas Hagen
Steve Jelinek
Danny Ryan

PokerStars players

Glen Chorny
Martin Wendt
Joris Jaspers
Christian Harder
Jason Mercier
Isaac Haxton
Shaun Deeb

Other notables
Pascal Perrault
Barny Boatman
Sverre Sundbo
Annette Obrestad
Thomas Fougeron
Rolf Slotboom

These are just a few of them. More to follow.

Play has just started. The structure for the EPT can be found HERE - in short, it's 10,000 starting chips, one hour levels, starting at 25-50, with an ante coming into play in level six, some time tonight.

We'll be starting our chip count page shortly, with a prominent link at the top of the page. The counts will be approximate and updated hourly and will not be exhaustive. A full list will be published as an when it is made available by the tournament staff.

A reminder, you can read all about the EPT in Swedish, Spanish and German by clicking the language of your choice.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Barcelona