ESPT Flamencos into the Record Books

ESPT Flamencos into the Record Books

Friday, 30 August 2013

PokerStars' Estrellas Poker Tour has not only gained a reputation across Spain as one of the best festivals in operation but it seems that it’s now popular with grinders worldwide. Indeed, after another two successful starting days in Barcelona (the Estrellas event is running alongside EPT Barcelona) the tour’s Main Event has attracted a record-breaking field.

Commanding a €1,100 buy-in, Day 1A saw 675 players take to the felt but that figure was smashed on Day 1B when a list of alternates took the number of entrants above 1,000. Combining the two fields at the close of Day 1B finally revealed the 1,798 players had joined the Spanish fiesta.

Breaking the previous record held by UKIPT Nottingham (1,626 players), the tournament will now go down as PokerStars' largest ever freezeout event.

Commenting on the feat, EPT President Edgar Stuchly said: “I'm incredibly proud to be part of the biggest live poker tournament that PokerStars has ever held. Last year's player numbers in Barcelona - both Estrellas and the EPT - were sensational. It is fantastic that we have beaten our own record and also now that of the 2011 PCA and UKIPT Nottingham. I want to thank all our players who have made this possible - and also my team who have worked so hard and are so dedicated.”

When talk of records had finally stopped the carnage at the felt over the course of two days revealed had left just over 500 players in the mix for the lion’s share of the €1,798,000 prizepool. Indeed, leading the way when play resumes will be Spaniard Gorka Gutierrez (190,000) and he’ll be closely followed by Aquilino Lopez (179,100) and Inigo Rodriguez (173,000).

Also still in contention is a host of travelling pros, including: Roberto Romanello (117,800), Angel Guillen (57,100) and Marcin Horecki (48,000).

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