EPT Barcelona and upcoming events

  • Pokerstars EPT Season 9 has kicked off this August. Dan Smith managed to keep up his good run this year and claim the Super High Roller Event title while Erik Seidel finished in 6th. At now ongoing EPT Barcelona Main event Daniel Negreanu finished in the

  • Pokerstars European Poker Tour Season 9 kicked off at probably the most beautiful city in the world – Barcelona. The event that started the poker festival was Super High Roller that was taken down by Dan Smith. The Main Event will soon be over as there are only a little more than 20 players left while €10.000 High Roller already started.

    €50.000 Super High Roller

    There's a brand new star at the poker arena. It's Dan Smith. Even though his first poker cash in a live tournament was back in 2007, he had to wait for his big wins until 2012. not only Dan finished first in Aussie Millions $100.000 Challenge to win $1,064,255 but he managed to cash five times in 43rd WSOP tournaments : Event #2 No Limit Hold'em and Event #51 No Limit Holdem.

    Now he has claimed the €50.000 Super High Roller crown to win his biggest prize yet – over $1.3 million. For this title he had to beat over 50 of the most talented poker players on earth including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and others. Smith had a good run and entered the final table as the chip leader with over 5 million chips. The biggest name at the table Erik Seidel had over 600.00 chips.

    The final table payouts:

    1st – Dan Smith €962,925
    2nd – JC Alvarado €788,674
    3rd – Mike Watson €399,500
    4th – Ilari Sahamies €291,900
    5th –Mike McDonald €215,100
    6th – Erik Seidel 153,600
    7th – Talal Shakerchi 138,300
    8th – Jim McCrink 122,960

    Such a fantastic year for Dan Smith not only helps him claim No.1 as Player of the Year leaving players like Marvin Guido Rettenmaier (the winner of WPT Cyprus Main Event) behind but also taking No.3 spot at the Global Poker Index rankings.

    A high finish for Erik Seidel at the EPT Super High Roller saw him climb 7 spots up and claim back a place at Top 10 of the Global Poker Index rankings where he's at No.8 now. Undoubtedly, he is glad to be back however it seems that this year in tournament winnings for Erik Seidel is the worst since 2006.

    EPT Barcelona Main Event – 24 players left

    The Main Event attracted a record pool of players and celebrities to play for millions of euros. But after 5 days the tournament is closing in for its final table. The Main Event did not go well for Dan Smith - the winner
    of Super High Roller event, but the tables completely changed for Pokerstars Pro Daniel Negreanu.

    Even though Negreanu busted out on the first day of the Super High Roller, he stayed much longer at the Main Event. Unfortunately, his pocket kings were not good enough against Mads Amot AK and he lost the majority of his chipstack. Having less than one big blind he did not stay for long and was busted from the featured table with 118th place finish and almost €10.000 in cash.

    Among the biggest names at the tables of the EPT Barcelona Main Event there are Pokerstars Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo (800.000 chips), John Juanda (1.6 million) chips but the leader is Samuel Rodriguez with over 5 million chips. But there is still a long time until the final table so to neither it is going to be an easy ride. As sons as we have the news we will pass it on to you.

    Even though EPT is coming to an end, we are sure to see lots of action very soon. After returning to Vegas from the EPT, Daniel Negreanu tweeted that he's feeling very tired and is even thinking of skipping trips to Europe to play at WSOPE as well as EPT San Remo. But the good news is that to play online poker you do not have to travel anywhere so Negreanu says that he is going to play this September at WCOOP as these tournaments at Pokerstars are becoming more and more important to him.

    Phil Ivey on the other hand claims that WSOPE is his Olympics that he is very looking forward to the ame. Just as a reminder, WSOP Europe starts on 21 September and will include 8 events.

    Check back soon for more news about the best poker players in the world!