ESPT Madrid starts in earnest today

Today the sun rises on the first main event of the brand new season of the Estrellas Poker Tour, a five day €1,100 tournament with a €400,000 guarantee attached. It's big, it's bold and it's taking place at the Gran Casino Madrid from 2pm today. The festival may well have begun a couple of days ago with side events and satellites but today ESPT Madrid really starts. Let the Spanish fiesta begin.

Domestic players and jet-setting poker pros will sit down by their hundreds to contest the main event in what's fast become of the most successful tours in Europe. ESPT Barcelona pulled in a staggering field of 1037, the largest tournament ever assembled in Spain. While the collective Day 1 fields may not gather in quite that large a headcount, early indications are that the €400,000 guarantee will be smashed.


Last year's winner Juan Manuel Tome lifts the trophy

If you want to follow the action click on through to the Spanish PokerStars Blog (be warned, it's all in Spanish).

There's also a solid showing of side events over the next few days with a €2,000 High Roller starting this Saturday, 27 January. Check out the full list of events, from the €70 'Sunday Battle' all the way up, by clicking here.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in Estrellas Poker Tour