EPT11 Barcelona: Those broken records in full

August 26, 2014

As you may have heard a few times this week, we have had a record-breaking time in Barcelona. In fact, it’s probably the case that we have broken the record for the most number of times we have mentioned that we have broken a record. Broken record? Change the record, more like.


With the numbers now confirmed for the €10,000 High Roller event and with the festival as a whole now gradually winding down, all the tiresome record-breaking talk is also running out of steam. But let’s not give up the ghost just yet. Surely we can wring this out to…just…one…more…post.

Of course we can. One of the main bonuses of PokerStars Blog, as opposed to the more ephemeral likes of EPT Live, for example, is that this will remain on the internet for ever. It’s probably worthwhile putting together a full list of all those records, even if only to look at in one year’s time when they are all tumbling again.

But for the meantime, put on an appropriate song and turn up the volume. Here’s a look at all our record-breaking antics this week:

Largest PokerStars freezeout
2,560 players – Estrellas Poker Tour main event
NB: Second largest PokerStars live event ever after Beijing Millions – 2,736 players


Matias Ruzzi: Estrellas champion

Largest EPT Super High Roller event
58 unique players plus 19 re-entries
NB: Breaks record for uniques and total entries (77)

Largest EPT High Roller event
295 unique players plus 98 re-entries
NB: Breaks record for uniques and total entries (393)

Largest EPT Main Event on European soil
1,496 players
NB: Third largest EPT anywhere, after PCA7 and PCA6

Largest EPT Day 1 starting field
1,021 players – Day 1B, Friday August 22, 2014

Largest EPT Day 2 starting field
889 players – Day 2, Saturday August 23, 2014

Largest EPT Day 3 starting field
292 – Day 3, Sunday August 24, 2014

Largest EPT field paid out
239 players (previously 232 at 2011 PCA)

Largest PokerStars national tour main event:
2,560 players – Estrellas Poker Tour

Largest EPT Super Satellite
63 seats awarded to EPT Main Event

Largest EPT Super High Roller Satellite
49 players (€5,000 buy in)

Largest PokerStars National Tour High Roller
802 players, Estrellas €2,000 High Roller


Record-breaking field in the Estrellas high roller

Largest side event at PokerStars festival
2,095 players – Barcelona Cup
NB: Fourth largest event of all time after Beijing Millions, Estrellas main event and Brazil Series of Poker Millions)

Largest EPT women’s event
102 players


Laura Gallardo Ribot: Winner of largest ever EPT women’s event

Largest EPT senior’s event
85 players


Plamen Stavrev: Winner of Senior’s Event

Largest non no limit hold’em event (€1K+ buy in)
110 players – Event 32, Omaha High-Low


Viktor Priporov: Winner of largest non-NLHE event

Largest Nightly Turbo
342 players – Event 29 €200 win the button


Daniel Jarosch: Winner of largest nightly turbo in EPT history

Thanks to Neil Johnson, PokerStars Live Events Specialist, and Mad Harper, EPT Media Co-ordinator, for the number crunching. The “broken record” photo is Creative Commons.

Follow all the action from the tournament floor on the main EPT Barcelona page. There’s hand-by-hand coverage in the panel at the top, including chip counts, and feature pieces below. Follow the action from the High Roller on the High Roller page. There’s also EPT Live, which is streaming action from Day 5 of the Main Event.


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