EPT Barcelona last night won the coveted Best Tournament of the Year category at the GPI European Poker Awards. When you look back at the event it comes as little surprise that the event took the silverware given its record breaking figures; the largest tournament to ever take place in Spain kicked off the festival with the ESPT Main Event and its 1,037-strong field.
The EPT Main Event, which trumped the ESPT with its 1,082 players and €5,247,700 prize pool, created a fantastic three-handed showdown between the calm Mikal Pobal and the increasingly aggressive Finnish duo of Joni Jouhkimainen and high stakes legend Ilari Sahamies. Pobal ended up on top to win €1,007,550 and the EPT Barcelona, Season 9 title.
And those weren’t the only events. Among the 51 tournaments that were held was an enormous €50,000 Super High Roller event which was won by Dan Smith, one of the outstanding performers on the tournament circuit last year. You can see all the tournament results by clicking through to the PokerStars Blog EPT Barcelona results page. For full live coverage of the EPT Barcelona Main Event click through to the PokerStars Blog.
GPI European Poker Award winners
European Player of the Year: Marvin Rettenmaier
Internet Player of the Year: Jens Kyllönen
Poker Personality of the Year: Kara Scott
Rookie of the Year: Ole Schemion
Best Tournament Performance: Davidi Kitai
Europe’s Leading Lady: Lucille Cailly
Best Tournament of the Year: EPT Barcelona
Poker Staff Person of the Year: Simon Trumper
Lifetime Achievement Award: Gus Hansen
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.