European Poker Tour Grand Final hitting Madrid

European Poker Tour Grand Final hitting Madrid

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The seventh season of the PokerStars European Poker Tour is coming to a close with the €10,000 Grand Final kicking off in Madrid this Saturday. Previously held in Monte Carlo, this marks the final’s first time outside of Europe’s gambling capital and in sunny Spain, the second Spanish stop of the tour after EPT Barcelona.

The event, expected to be a tough field of many hundreds of poker pros, will be broadcast live on and later in 2011 across television stations in Europe. Last year, 848 players came to Monte Carlo to battle it out for the seven-figure first prize. This year the effect of Black Friday fights the effect of Madrid being massively less expensive than Monte Carlo.

The first EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo won by Dutch pro Rob Hollink in 2005, who beat a field of 211 players to take home €635,000; the event became more prominent when Gavin Griffin bested a record 705 other players and won €1.825m. The record prize was given to Pieter De-Korver for winning the 935-strong tournament in 2009. Defending champion Nicolas Chouity was €1.7m better off after his win last year.

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